Jimmy Adams defended another below-par Hampshire batting display and insisted: There is no hangover from last season.
The Hampshire skipper saw his top order fail to press home their advantage on day two of the Championship clash at Glamorgan.
They nudged into a 53-run lead despite bowling the hosts out for just 103 on day one.
In reply, Adams’ side posted 156.
But a score over 200 would surely have put the visitors well on the way to a first success of the season, with the Welsh outfit reaching stumps at 73 for three last night.
The batting was perhaps the main factor behind the club’s relegation last season.
But Adams believes his men are not feeling the effects and are simply trying to score runs in bowler-friendly conditions.
He said: ‘I don’t think there is any hangover with the batting from last season.
‘Nearly everyone in our top eight had a good knock in pre-season.
‘You always want runs and you would like an early knock to get you going.
‘A few of us are probably feeling a bit light on that but everyone seems in a good frame of mind.
‘It’s just been tough scoring. I don’t think there is anything to read into it.
‘We were hoping to get 200 plus and give ourselves a very strong lead.
‘It didn’t happen.
‘But I think 50 runs will still prove a good lead and we will hopefully prove that.
‘It’s going to be a game of small margins.
‘It would have been nice to have snared another wicket or two before the close but we’re still in a very good position.
‘We’d have loved a few more runs earlier in the day but that lead of 50 could be vital.’
Liam Dawson’s 32 was the top score on a pitch that Adams felt should have yielded 200 from his men.
He said: ‘We could have done with a better session after lunch.
‘I think 156 was below par. It’s a strange wicket in that it’s not nipping around all over the show but as a bowling side, you always feel that you are in the game.
‘We need to do a decent job and bowl them out for something similar.
‘Maybe one positive innings from someone changes the game.
‘Batting has been tough work for both sides but I also think both sides have bowled pretty well.’
Hampshire will be bidding to wrap up the Glamorgan second innings as quickly as possible.
And Adams is confident his side can mount a successful chase to record victory.
He said: ‘We’d like to think we can knock them over for a similar score that we got but if they get 200, it leaves us chasing 150.
‘Ideally, we will be chasing something under 200 but even if it’s more than that, I think we have the batting order to chase whatever they set.’