NIGEL Clough said that the 1-1 draw with Accrington was "a hard slog" with defences on top and few chances created.
Albion extended their unbeaten league run to three games thanks to a John Brayford equaliser but couldn't find a winner.
The Brewers manager said: "It was a typical end of January sort of game.
"When you go 1-0 down at home, it's hard to get back into the game but we managed to do that and to be honest there weren't many chances after that.
"It was two well organised, good teams and it was just a lack of quality in the final third. We didn't create anywhere near as much as we normally do.
"The ten days rest we have had seemed to work against us in the first half an hour of the game. We were very slow starting it and gave them a goal. There were only patches today where we were able to dominate the game.
"Sometimes, when teams have had a bit of a rest they can be rusty and that seemed like us today. Certainly in the first 15 minutes we were nowhere near it and Accrington came and controlled the ball. They got a lot of confidence from that opening period."
All three new signings got some game time in the match and Clough was pleased with their contributions.
He said: "That's Jamie Murphy's first competitive game for 18 months and he showed enough that we can see what he is going to give us in the remaining game.
"Conor Shaughnessy was nice and steady when he came on and Joe Powell got a little taste of it for 15 minutes. We are delighted with them all. Every minute they spend on the pitch is going to help us.
"If we can go and get three points on Tuesday night at Wimbledon now it will have been a good few days' work. And we can certainly play a lot better than we did today."