Walsall manager Dean Smith blamed too many draws for his team missing out on a play-off place after they drew 1-1 with Bury.
Saturday's home draw was a sixth in the last seven matches for the Saddlers - and a third on the spin.
But Smith was angry with two decisions by officials which he felt cost his team victory, although they extended their unbeaten league run to 15 games.
"Bury's equaliser was offside and the goal James Chambers scored for us and was disallowed was not offside," Smith insisted. "And one of their players should have been sent off."
But Smith admitted his team did not reach their usual standard, adding: "It was our worst performance for a while.
"We were poor on the ball and we have had problems with the pitch. We couldn't get enough water on it and it was always going to be a case of who dealt with the misplaced passes."
Shakers skipper David Worrall said Walsall were the better side in the first half, but his side then dominated.
He said: "There was no pressure on us now relegation has been settled but it has been difficult with the club's money problems and the players have not been told what's going on and been in the dark."
Worrall, 22, has a year to run on his contract but is hoping for a new challenge elsewhere next season.
He added: "Hopefully the club can sort out the money problems next season in League Two, make a fresh start, and at first make sure they stay in the division and not be like Stockport County who went down to the Conference."