Heerenveen striker Bas Dost has admitted his side cannot compete with the top teams in the Eredivisie ahead of their KNVB Beker semi-final against PSV Eindhoven.
Heerenveen were beaten 5-1 by the same opponents in the league on Sunday as PSV returned to winning ways in style.
The Eindhoven club went into that game on the back of a run of poor results which led to the sacking of coach Fred Rutten, but they were still much too strong for Heerenveen.
And Dost claimed his his results against the top teams this season shows there is a gulf in class.
"There is a clear difference in quality between us and PSV,'' the 22-year-old was quoted as saying by De Telegraaf. "Against the smaller clubs we have had many victories. But look how we get on against Ajax, FC Twente and PSV. Shall I spell out the results? 5-1, 5-1, 5-1 and 5-1. All defeats.''
Heerenveen have indeed lost 5-1 to PSV (twice), Ajax and Twente this term, although they were on the right end of a 5-1 result against league leaders AZ Alkmaar in December.
And boss Ron Jans believes his side will not be affected by Sunday's heavy defeat in tomorrow's cup clash.
"The cup is a totally different encounter,'' he said. "It's a home game with a home crowd. The negative feeling should not last too long. Heerenveen has enough resilience.''
In the other semi-final, AZ will look to keep alive their double hopes with victory over Heracles Almelo on Thursday.
AZ saw their lead at the top of the table cut to a point by Ajax at the weekend, but should still be too strong for Heracles who go into the game on the back of four straight defeats.