Ledley King conceded that it was a frustrating 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers as the season reached its conclusion at the Lane on Sunday.
A spirited and determined Rovers side ensured there was to be no goal-fest to mark the end of the campaign, one that would have kept us in contention for seventh place until the final whistle.
As it turned out, Middlesbrough secured the neccessary point against Manchester City that will see them participate in next season's UEFA Cup.
"It was frustrating, they got bodies behind the ball and it was difficult for us to break them down," reflected the skipper. "We knew it would be like that and we struggled with it.
"It was a difficult situation to go into and we were concentrating on trying to get the win. If you score one in good time you can push on, we didn't want to go gung-ho and had to be disciplined in our performance.
"Blackburn played well, there was no pressure on them and they have improved a lot since Mark Hughes took over. They are a hard team to break down."
There was much mutual appreciation after the game as the squad offered their thanks for the fantastic backing they have received from the fans this season.
"It was great, the players wanted to give something back to the fans for their support this season," added Ledley. "It was nice to see so many fans stay behind."