Despite Worcestershire's renaissance in Division Two of the County Championship Steve Rhodes, the club's coach, is adopting the cautionary attitude that is inherent in Yorkshiremen.
While Rhodes was gushing in his praise after the stylish nine-wicket victory against Essex at Chelmsford last week, he is aware of the potential pitfalls awaiting against Northamptonshire today.
Phil Jaques started the revival with a blistering, match-winning century against Surrey and his teammates have taken up the cudgels with victories at Somerset and Essex as well as draws with Gloucestershire and Glamorgan in the fixtures that followed.
A hitherto poor season has been transformed and they appeared to be a dynamic side destined for promotion during their gargantuan effort at Chelmsford.
However, with Jaques making a visit home to Australia after this fixture, Rhodes is acutely aware of the need to capitalise on his prodigious talents.
A clash with Northampton-shire is not the prospect it once was after their devastating bowling performance against Glamorgan last week. Facing a 176-run deficit in the first innings, Northamptonshire rallied to set their visitors a tally of 214 to win, which was attainable.
But Matt Nicholson (6-23) and Monty Panesar (3-11) took them to an improbable 168-run victory with Glamor-gan collapsing to 56 all out.
The arrival of Sourav Ganguly, named in a 12-man squad by the visitors, could also have a catalytic effect.
Rhodes said: "They will be on a high after a devastating spell of bowling from Nicholson but that doesn't worry us too much. Their season has been a bit like ours, maybe three weeks ago, which was win some lose some.
"They will come off the back of that win with a lot of confidence but, after the three weeks we have had, we couldn't be any more confident, which is a great position to be in.
"You have to be positive and believe in your players and in each other. That is the message we are trying to get across to all the players at Worcester and, thankfully, they are really buying into it. We try not to get too far ahead of ourselves but we are obviously really pleased with our last three games.
"If you think of playing the perfect game then you want to bat and get a big score. Then you make the opposition bat when they are tired after fielding for a long time. Hopefully, you can force a few mistakes, as they are lacking in concentration because they are tired and face a daunting task to avoid the follow on.
"In that respect the last three games, where we have got a huge number of runs, has certainly helped the bowl-ers because their batsmen are playing under pressure. We really do try to take it one game at a time. That is really important in all of your season-long campaigns, be it a one-day league or a four-day Championship. Then it is a marathon and not a sprint."
Ray Price, the left-arm orthodox bowler, is added to the Worcestershire team that beat Essex but is likely to be on 12th man duty.
Former India captain Ganguly, meanwhile, has replaced Chris Rogers, who is away with the Australia A team, while Graeme White is the only other addition to the XI that beat Glamorgan. ..SUPL: