Giles White insists he needs his players to deliver an extra 20 per cent from their performances after Hampshire were crushed by Nottinghamshire inside three days.
White’s side were clobbered by nine wickets as they slumped to just 131 all out in their second innings with only James Vince (59 not out) showing any kind of resistance in a limp team batting display.
The defeat followed a draw with Durham in their opening Championship match at the Rose Bowl, with the visitors having the better of that game.
While the Hampshire manager refused to hit the panic button over his side’s sluggish start to the season, he admitted they had not performed to anywhere near their capabilities.
First-team manager White said: ‘It was a poor day – we recognise that.
‘We didn’t do the basics well in any of the disciplines – batting, bowling or fielding.
‘We’re disappointed and we’ve got a lot of hard work to do.
‘You lose games of cricket along the way obviously and you want to get off to a good start to the season.
‘It’s disappointing but I don’t think it’s a major concern.
‘It’s about everyone stepping up and putting in another 20 per cent performance-wise.
‘That can happen very quickly.
‘Early season, people are finding their feet to a degree I guess and we haven’t been able to get off to a rocketing start.’
Having been bowled out for 218 in their first innings, Hampshire could conceivably have achieved a first-innings lead but for some woeful slip-catching.
Seven chances went to ground on day two, which played its part in the home side’s 109-run lead.
Had Nottinghamshire been chasing a target even in the region of 200, Hampshire would have had a real chance on a wicket that offered plenty for the bowlers.
White said: ‘The game wasn’t gone.
‘We went into the third day thinking if we could match their score, we could knock them over.
‘We created enough chances in the first innings. David Griffiths bowled fantastically well and we could have bowled them out for 110-120 if we had held our catches.
‘We felt if we had got the runs, we had a chance as there was always something in the wicket.
‘Unfortunately, we weren’t able to put the runs on the board to give us any chance of winning the game.’
Griffiths ended the first innings with figures of six for 85, while Vince starred with the bat in the second innings.
But White admits they weren’t backed up by their team-mates.
He said: ‘Griffiths was outstanding but he didn’t have the support that he needed.
‘The rest of the bowling group probably weren’t up to scratch and that’s something we’ve got to look at and make sure we get right.
‘Vince showed his potential again but he needed people to bat with him. If that happens, you can create a score.’
White added: ‘We’ve got next week to turn things around and then we’ve got Somerset, who are a strong side but have had a pretty heavy defeat themselves.
‘We’ll go into that game hopefully well prepared and ready to fight.’