Giles White has told his Hampshire troops: Don’t let this rot set in.
The Ageas Bowl outfit were distinctly second best in their latest Championship division two clash with Gloucestershire, although the rain helped them escape with a draw as the final day petered out predictably.
But after two positive displays in the four-day game, Hampshire’s form has tailed off with defeat at Essex and an insipid display at Bristol.
However, boss White remains unconcerned – as long as his men respond in the right fashion after a few days’ break this week.
White said: ‘It was a disappointing game for us from a performance point of view.
‘We’ve played some really good Championship cricket up until now but we were under par in this game.
‘We’ve come out with a draw but we’re not satisfied with the performance and we’re looking to get better as we get into the next phase of the competition.
‘We’ve got to make sure this a blip rather than a dip.
‘It’s a long season and there are going to be phases where we are not going to play to our optimum.
‘Obviously, it was a tough week but we’ve been really pleased with the season up until now.’
Hampshire made a dreadful start to the game.
And they never really threatened to drag themselves back into a winning position.
In the end, Jimmy Adams’ unbeaten century in the first innings went a long way towards saving the game.
While the second innings ended with Hampshire on 120 for four, debutant Michael Roberts made a decent 44.
But the draw was never really in doubt, barring a total nightmare of a batting performance.
White said: ‘The way we started on day one was what disappointed us.
‘We’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen again this season and bounce back next time.
‘Jimmy Adams has been outstanding again and he continued to impress everyone.
‘He really is leading from the front and long may that continue.
‘In the second innings, they also gave us a tricky time.
‘But the boys batted well up front against the new ball, which was an important time.
‘Once the ball got a bit older, the pitch didn’t offer an awful lot to the bowlers.
‘But the openers did a good job and it was good to see Michael Roberts get some runs under his belt and get some confidence from that.
‘That was a real positive to see him get some runs in the second dig.
‘A draw was probably fair enough. And the rain probably helped us in this game.’
Hampshire now take a breather after a frantic run of games before their next fixture – a YB40 home clash with Durham on Sunday.
White said: ‘There are a few days off for the lads to recharge their batteries.
‘There is a second team game that a couple will play in but the majority will get back to practice at the back end of the week.’