Jimmy Adams insisted it is honours even after day one of Hampshire’s County Championship division two clash with Leicestershire.
The visitors reached stumps at the Ageas Bowl on 301 for nine after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Angus Robson, brother of England batsman Sam, led the way for the Foxes with 115.
Matt Coles put his NatWest T20 Blast misery behind him with three wickets for Hampshire, while James Tomlinson and Liam Dawson grabbed two each.
And Adams reckons it is game on when the two sides resume this morning.
He said: ‘It was a shared day.
‘If we can knock over the last pair early this morning we will have the edge.
‘Five wickets after tea was perfect for us and took away the advantage they had at 249 for four.
‘If we had taken one or two chances we might have limited them to 250.’
Robsons’ knock – his maiden ton in first-class cricket – spanned 265 balls and more than five hours at the crease.
Afterwards he paid tribute to the Hampshire side, who are pushing for the title and a return to the top tier of the domestic game.
‘It was a great day for me,’ said Robson.
‘I am thrilled to get my first century.
‘Hampshire bowled well all day and they made us work for our runs.
‘We had to rein in ourselves in terms of shot selection.
‘There were periods when I was stuck for runs so patience was the key.
‘When I got into the 90s I tried to relax.
‘It was good to have Niall (O’Brien) out there keeping me calm.’