Glen Chapple admits Lancashire must put more runs on the board after the champions slipped to their third LV= County Championship defeat in four games.
The Red Rose lost by 185 runs to Nottinghamshire just before lunch on the final day of the game at Old Trafford as they were bowled out for 142 in their second innings, despite a battling unbeaten 41 by Luke Procter.
But skipper Chapple, who added 26 off just 27 balls, is confident his side can quickly rediscover the form which lifted them to the title last season with just four defeats.
“We are dominating sides at times and are still very competitive in the field,” said Chapple. “All we need are a few more batsmen in form along with a bit more of a contribution from the tail – and I count myself in that. We will pull together.
“We have to remain level headed. There is never any point in panicking. All you can do is work on your game, believe in your players, they will believe in themselves.
“I am not disappointed in any of my players, I am just disappointed in the results.
“We stick together. It is the same lads who won so many games last season. You take some knocks, but it is our job to find a way. We are working hard. We have to trust it will come. We still haven’t lost as many games as we did last year!
“We have dominated patches in all the games we have played in, we dominated all the game at Somerset before the rain. But you have to do it for a whole game and we have got people searching for form and we have to back them to do that.
“We are making progress but what we have to look for are results.”
Gareth Cross and Luke Procter survived the opening 40 minutes of the day before Cross was lbw to Andre Adams - who finished the match with 10 wicket - for 19.
Tom Smith – who was batting with Paul Horton as his runner having suffered a hamstring injury on the opening morning of the match – was next out although Stuart Broad’s delivery seemed to come off his arm before looping to Andre Adams at slip.
Procter and Chapple showed some resistance, but it was ended when Graeme Swann bowled the Red Rose skipper.
James Anderson, still recovering from a bout of tonsillitis which kept him off the field for all but two overs on Thursday, last just six balls before he was caught at slip by Alex Hales off the bowling of Samit Patel.
And, having taken the extra half-an-hour before lunch, Nottinghamshire secured the win when Simon Kerrigan chipped a Patel delivery straight to Broad at mid-on.
“We had a weakened bowling attack in the second innings, and they got through the new ball and we didn’t. That’s where the game was won and lost,” said Chapple.
“If we had seen off the new ball in the second innings we had a realistic chance of chasing down that target.
“The pitch was good, it had a bit in it for the bowlers, and we threatened in both innings to bowl them out cheaply. But Notts stuck in and battled through it and all credit to them. We felt a few things went against us but it is clear we needed to bat for longer.
“Luke Procter had an excellent game. He showed a lot of application with the bat and a lot of stamina with the ball.
“Games like this develop cricketers and for Luke there are many positives for him from this match. But what Lancashire want are results and that is what we have to work for.
“It was also a great effort from Jimmy. Even when he was really crook he still wanted to have a go out there. There was nothing in his legs at all. And when his fever subsided he came out and bowled superbly well, and we needed that. They could have really got away from us.”
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Photo of Luke Procter (c) Simon Pendrigh
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