Preston boss Simon Grayson is praying that a different Newcastle United turn up at Deepdale on Saturday.
But the gaffer has refused to make any promises that Tuesday night’s 6-0 hammering won’t happen again when the pair meet this weekend in the Championship.
Grayson feels like Rafa Benitez’s men are on a different level to any other team in the second tier.
That theory was laid bare at St James’ Park this week, as the Magpies ran riot against the previosuly in-form Lilywhites.
And Grayson, who did field a weakened side, is fearful that United may even give his full-strength side a lesson.
When asked whether this weekend might be different, Grayson said: “It better be! I’m not going through that again on Saturday.
“I’m not going to make promises that it will be a different scoreline, but I’d like to think that it will be.
“We have been on a good run, beaten Norwich, Huddersfield, Brighton, Aston Villa in the last month, we will go back to how we’ve done hopefully.”
While Grayson made changes to his side Benitez also made seven.
And while it is likely to be a new-look Preston in front of their home crowd, the same could be said of Newcastle.
Grayson continued: “It was horrible. You know you will be up against a real top team, no matter what team they put out. We could have played our strongest team from Saturday and still have got beat.
“They have got some really good players that hurt you in the final third. Their budget is probably 10 times as much as ours. That’s no excuse, it’s just what Newcastle are. It’s a magnificent football club that is striving to get back to the Premier League.
“They have the luxury of making seven changes and some of them are top international players. That’s why it is Newcastle United you are playing against. We might have something to prove at the weekend.
“Based on the other night they certainly are [a different level]. They’ve got the manager that this time last year was at Real Madrid. That’s why they’ve got the fanatical support they’ve got.
“It’s a club geared for success.”