Keith Hill cited a clear disparity in resources as a key reason for Barnsley's comprehensive defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.
The visitors moved into the npower Championship play-off places after rounding off an unbeaten October with a convincing 4-1 victory at Oakwell.
It leaves the Tykes looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone and when asked where the defeat left his side, Hill underlined the ongoing challenge he faces.
"We're in the same position as we were yesterday - trying to punch above our weight," the Barnsley manager said.
"Take the emotion out of it, you can't give a good team bad goals, and that's what we've done today. The players are responsible for the decisions they make on the pitch and they made bad decisions today and it's cost us the game. We got a one-goal advantage and then we imploded.
"But I haven't got the same agenda as Nottingham Forest. On paper, it's not a real match-up when you look at Nottingham Forest compared to ourselves. I'll admit it, they're a better side than us. You look at the likes of (Billy) Sharp, (Simon) Cox, (Jermaine) Jenas - I mean come on!"
The icing on the cake for the visitors was Jenas' goalscoring cameo as he netted his first since returning to the club on loan from Tottenham and boss Sean O'Driscoll admitted it was a huge boost to have someone of his quality on the bench.
"I know he's a Nottingham boy, but for somebody that has played at the level he has - you always worry when a big-name player comes to your club but he's been first-class," O'Driscoll said.
"His attitude has been first-class. He's training really hard, he's got fitter as the month has gone on.
"He's come on and he's made a difference for us. I'm delighted he's got a goal, it will give him great confidence after such an injury-ravaged couple of seasons."