Tom Kohler-Cadmore admitted his frustration that he and a number of his Yorkshire team-mates failed to make the most of encouraging starts with the bat on day two against Kent at Emerald Headingley.
Yorkshire are on the back foot at the halfway stage of their penultimate round Specsavers County Championship fixture.
Kent closed the day on 2-0 in their second innings, leading by 215.
They opted not to enforce the follow-on having bowled Yorkshire out for 269 in reply to 482-8 declared.
Matthew Fisher hit an excellent career best 47 not out from 150 balls, but Kohler-Cadmore with 36 was one of quartet of players who got starts without converting into something more substantial.
Kohler-Cadmore said: “It’s frustrating the position we’re in.
“People have tried to dig in and put value on their wickets, but I felt like they bowled nicely.
“No batsman has scored a fifty. Matt Fisher played well, but there’s been me, Harry Brook, Tim Bresnan all scoring 30s and Jonny Tattersall 20-odd. In those positions, we need to be kicking on.
“Yesterday we were so far behind and away from our best. Sam Billings, I thought, played a proper four-day knock. He left the ball beautifully. Darren Stevens just took the game away from us.
“Today, it’s been how you’d expect a day to go. But the fact they got 480 in a day has put us massively under pressure. Had they been 250, which is what you’d think was the best they could hope for from 39 for five, it would be an even game.
“All day long, it’s had a bit in the surface. It’s been a solid day of cricket where both teams have battled hard.
“We’re in the position we’re in, and we have to put value on our wickets when we bat again. But we also can’t afford to just survive. We have to look to score because all the pressure will be off them. We have to find the right balance.”