Middlesex face a near-impossible task to get promotion in the County Championship.
That was the candid admission of Toby Radford ahead of the four-day clash with Derbyshire which began on Tuesday, a game the head coach and his team started in seventh place - 35 points adrift of the top two Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
The Twenty20 cup winners have struggled to reproduce their one-day form in the longer game, where promotion had been the number one target at the start of the season.
Radford admitted failure to convert winning positions on the road, against Essex at Chelmsford and Gloucestershire at Bristol, had come back to haunt his side.
He said: "It's not impossible for us to get promotion, but we'd probably need to win every game now to go up.
"You look back to the game at Chelmsford, where we should have won, and then not taking the last wicket against Gloucester, and think where we might have been if we'd won those games.
"And we had two bad matches at home which we lost just prior to the Twenty20 final."
Radford insisted his team's success in the bish-bash-bosh form of the game hadn't distracted his side from their promotion bid.
However, he admitted the current squad was better suited to limited overs cricket, and reckons the day is fast approaching when counties will recruit specialists for different forms of the game.
He said: "The game is changing, and we are probably moving towards a time when there will be one-day and four-day contracts in county cricket.
"The make-up of our squad probably suits the one-day game more than the four-day as we have specialist one-day players
in Tyrone Henderson and Dirk Nannes, and that is something we need to look at for next year in terms of building a squad."
Not that Radford feels whole-sale changes are needed for Middlesex to be a force in Championship cricket.
"We probably need to add another seamer to help us knock sides over, and another batsman to give us some more solidity in the top order," he added.
The current side's shortcomings in the Championship were perfectly illustrated in their rain-affected draw with Glamorgan last week.
The Seaxes had their hosts at 55-5 on the first morning, but former Middlesex favourite Jamie Dalrymple hit a century as the Welsh County recovered to 262 all out.
Middlesex's top order then endured a familiar collapse before Ben Scott (52) and Shaun Udal (73) helped the total to 242.
Rain spoilt the prospect of an exciting finish, with Glamorgan 110-5 in their second innings.