England head into the final day's play of the fourth Test in Barbados having to saving a match they had originally set out to win.
Hopes of a comeback series victory evaporated on Sunday as the home side reached a massive 749-9 declared - the second highest total England have conceded in Test history.
The tourists must now bat out the fifth day to keep alive their chance of levelling the series 1-1.
"Our goal was to come out here and win," admitted Paul Collingwood.
"Some people from outside might have thought we would come here and win comfortably but we know it's always tough coming out to the West Indies.
"They're a tough side to crack."
Ramnaresh Sarwan (291) and Denesh Ramdin (166) hit Test-best scores as England's tired attack failed to take a wicket in the first two sessions.
"When you have someone like Sarwan in the form of his life on a pitch like that, it's not a great combination to be facing," Collingwood added.
England, who were dismissed for just 51 to lose the first Test at Sabina Park, therefore conceded a first-innings deficit of 149.
However, Collingwood predicted that the flatness of the pitch and the runs the tourists have since scored leaves a draw as the most likely outcome.
"The wicket is slightly different," he said. "It has played really well here and the batsmen are in good nick.
"We are confident and there has been a change in mentality. We will not go out there and bat for a draw but bat as if it's a first innings."
In contrast, Sarwan, who has made 598 in the series so far, hopes the home attack can repeat their success in Jamaica.
"I don't know if it will play on their minds but it will certainly be in our minds," he said.
"Hopefully we can come out tomorrow, pick up some wickets, and put them under early pressure.
"It would be good to take that initiative in the first hour and a half.
"We all saw what happened in the first Test in Jamaica and the lead we have is very valuable to us.
"The pitch has started to deteriorate, a few balls kept a bit low, so we will have an interesting day ahead."
Sarwan's current form - his lowest score in four innings is 94 - is boosting his position in the official Test batting rankings.
"Stats-wise, yes it is the best I have ever played," he added. "There have been times when I have timed the ball better."