Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce decided against returning to the scene of his most recent nightmare last night.
And it was probably just as well as Blues' reserves lost 1-0 against West Bromwich Albion.
Bruce left The Hawthorns last Sunday an angry man after his team succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in the Premiership --which lifted West Bromwich Albion off the foot of the table.
Bruce was extremely critical of his players and last night's match was a chance for several of his squad to try and earn a recall for Blues' next game at home to Aston Villa a week on Sunday.
The Blues' boss has threatened to make numerous changes for the derby following two successive Premiership defeats.
And his assistant Eric Black was at The Hawthorns last night to check on the progress of several fringe players.
Salif Diao, Clinton Morrison, Dwight Yorke, Robbie Blake, Martin Taylor, Darren Anderton and Medhi Nafti were all trying to impress.
As Blake, a second half substitute on Sunday, explained.
"Our Premiership match here was very disappointing," he said.
" Hopefully we can bounce back in the next derby against Aston Villa to try to make the fans happy.
"All the lads who played in that game against Albion are disappointed with the outcome and some of us who needed a game came back here for the reserves.
"It's the manager's decision if he wants to make changes but everyone wants to put things right.
"That's two games we have lost now against teams battling down the bottom.
"It is frustrating but we have to quality players to produce as we showed against Liverpool recently."
Albion, with manager Bryan Robson in attendance, named a strong side last night which wouldn't have looked out of place in the Championship.
With the two Darrens - Moore and Purse - in central defence, the home side also included new signing Richard Chaplow and Jason Koumas in the midfield.
Record signing Robert Earnshaw, who was an unused substitute on Sunday, started and the Welsh international went close on four occasions.
Chaplow also had two good efforts for the hosts, while Birmingham's Morrison brought a good save out of Tomasz Kuszczak.
The closest Birmingham came to scoring was when Blake had a shot cleared off the line by Purse.
Albion's Lloyd Dyer scored the only goal of the game in the 67th minute.
Dyer, playing left-back, used his pace to accelerate onto a Koumas pass and tuck a low shot under Nico Vaesen in the Birmingham goal.
The goal raised a few cheers from a crowd of 429 - but the noise was nothing like that which greeted Albion's win on Sunday.
The win over Blues on Sunday was only Albion's third victory in the Premiership all season and it has given the team renewed belief they could yet beat the drop.
Riccardo Scimeca, who played right back last night, said: "It was a massive boost for us on Sunday.
" We now have ten games to go and our destiny is in our own hands.
"We were bottom at Christmas and people say the team who is there then never stays up but we want to prove people wrong.
"We just have to go into every game thinking we can win and hopefully we will stay up."
WEST BROM (4-3-3): Kuszczak, Scimeca, Dyer, O'Connor, Moore, Purse, Koumas, Marshall (Davies 46), Elvins, Earnshaw, Chaplow. Subs: Forsyth, Jones, Hodgkiss, Nicholson
BIRMINGHAM (4-4-2): Vaesen, Parratt, Alsop, Oji, Taylor, Nafti (Till 83), Diao (Painter 82), Yorke, Blake, Morrison, Anderton. Subs: Kuqi, Hall, Birley.