Preston North End manager Simon Grayson says his satisfaction from beating Huddersfield Town came as a result of points gained, not revenge.
The 46-year-old was sacked by Town in January 2013 after leading them into the Championship via Wembley the previous May.
He took over at Preston in February 2013 and claimed his fourth League I promotion as a manager with them last season.
Grayson, who also went up with Blackpool and Leeds United, saw his North End side lose 3-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Boxing Day.
Town looked set for a double, and a first win at Preston since 1969, when Nahki Wells put them in front with his 12th goal of the season in the 80th minute on Saturday.
But the home side clinched a 2-1 win through a Joel Lynch own goal and an Alan Browne header.
Asked if he had any sympathy with Town after they had dominated for long spells, Grayson said: “As a Yorkshireman, yes. As a football manager, no.
“I’ve watched Huddersfield a lot and they’re a good footballing team.
“They’ve got some good qualities, got some good players, play a certain way and ask questions of you.
“It’s never easy when you lose late on.
“We’ve played better this year and not won, ultimately they might play worse and win.
“I’ve got a little bit of sympathy but not too much because we won the game.”
While Preston are 14th, Town are 17th, seven points above the relegation zone.
They have lost four games in succession, three of them in the league, and go to 10th-placed Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Dougie Freedman’s side are unbeaten in 13 in the league and won 1-0 at Leeds United on Saturday.
Nelson Oliveira, the Portuguese forward on loan from Benfica, got the goal.