Jon Whitney says we must take care of our own business when we face Shrewsbury in the Checkatrade Trophy tonight.
The Saddlers know victory over Town – who are already through to the knock-out stages – would guarantee our place in round two as Northern Group E winners.
A draw and a subsequent penalty shoot-out victory would clinch second spot.
However, defeat on penalties, or in the actual 90 minutes, would open the door for holders Coventry, who face West Brom Under-21s.
“We’re looking forward to it - it’s a chance for us to progress in the competition,” said the 46-year-old.
“There’s a lot of permutations as to how we can go through but we’ve got to go there to try to win the game and keep it in our own hands, not rely on other results.
“We’ll be going strong and we’ve approached it like every game - like a league game. This is our chance to get to the knock-outs and we want to go through.”
The boss also provided an injury update.
“Adam [Chambers] had eight stitches in a deep cut on his foot, but he has made himself available to play tonight,” Whitney added.
“The only other senior players unavailable are Tyler Roberts, who met up with Wales’ Under-21s yesterday, Callum Cockerill-Mollett (knee) and Flo Cuvelier (hamstring).
“We had 25 players training on Monday so we’ve got a good squad to choose from.”