Andrew Gale admits he has been hurt by Yorkshire’s form in the Specsavers County Championship, but he retains full belief in his players’ ability to turn things around.

Coach Gale has once again pointed to the challenges of scoring the runs required to win matches, however has revealed the positive signs in training ahead of today’s clash with Somerset at Emerald Headingley. Director of cricket Martyn Moxon has also spoken of the club’s pursuit of a couple of new batting recruits ahead of 2019.

Gale acknowledges a string of issues out of the club’s control which have happened that have affected the season, for example key injuries and unavailability.

But he has insisted: “We are where we are, and we can’t use that as an excuse. We have to perform.”

Yorkshire sit third bottom in Division One, six points clear of the relegation zone with five to play, including their three closest rivals Lancashire, Hampshire and Worcestershire.

They face Somerset bidding for their fourth win from 10 games whilst aiming to bounce back from last week’s innings defeat to Worcester at Scarborough.

“I’m a Yorkshire fan as well, and I’m as passionate as the bloke on the terraces,” he said.

“I think people should be able to see that. It hurts me as much as it hurts them.

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