Seamus Hickey feels there should be some perspective attached to Limerick's seven-goal hammering by Cork in last weekend's Munster SHL tie.
New manager John Kiely has demanded a response from his players who face Clare in a third round match in Sixmilebridge tonight.
"John was right. You never want to put in that type of performance but it is what it is. We put out a team that we felt was capable of winning the game and it didn't happen," said Hickey (above).
"But it's January, it's the Munster League, we have a game against Clare and that's what we're looking at. I don't think there's a massive reaction from us and I don't think there's a reaction needed from anyone else either.
"We have to raise up our standards. You can't accept that as a normal standard, no question. There will have to be a response obviously.
"It's not going to be tearing down walls but we have to up what we consider to be a normal standard and what's acceptable from our group."
Hickey says he continues to be optimistic about Limerick hurling despite two indifferent years.
"This is the time of year if you're not optimistic and you're not positive then why are you there? I'm optimistic, I'm positive. We've got a great group inside there."
Hickey admits he doesn't like the hurling league structure but acknowledges it's easy to have that opinion when you're from Limerick.
"We have had opportunities the last four years. Our destiny was in our own hands almost every single year and it was our responsibility that we didn't get out," he said. "We've proved before that league and championship don't normally correlate and we've produced performances but I always like to get out of where we are."