Graeme Jones has insisted Stoke City are just “another opponent” and there is no added importance on what could be a crucial clash at the bottom of the Championship.
Luton Town welcome the Potters to Kenilworth Road on Saturday, with both sides scrapping for points as they look to avoid relegation to League One.
The Hatters prop up the Championship table after 35 games, but three wins in four have significantly boosted their survival bid.
A victory over Stoke would lift Luton off the bottom, if Barnsley don’t win, and would move them just two points behind the Potters.
Michael O’Neill’s men are hovering just a point above the bottom three, and need a win to create some breathing space.
But none of that has come into the thinking of Jones.
“It’s just the next game for us,” the Luton boss told Dunstable Today.
“I said to the boys, I’m not bothered about that, it’s just another opponent.
“It’s about our standards, it’s about reproducing our standards and being competitive in the game.
“Can we get even better? And if we do, it’s irrelevant who we play, we’ll take points.”
Jones added: “We’ve got an 11-game season now, we’ve got to get as many points as we can.
“We’re on 33 now, last season 40 was enough, it won’t be enough this year, we’ll have to do more, but the boys are ready for it.”