Gary Locke insists Hearts will put thoughts of cup glory on the back burner to be at full strength for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with bottom side Dunfermline at East End Park on Saturday.
The Jambos face Celtic in next week's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden and some fans' websites have discussed the possibility of saving legs for the trip to Glasgow.
First team coach Locke said the quest to improve on sixth place, where Hearts lie four points behind Dundee United and St Johnstone, is first priority. "I wouldn't read those websites because it certainly isn't the truth," he said. "We will be putting out the strongest team that we possibly can, as we do every week."
He went on: "It is a big game for Dunfermline but it is also a big game for us. I am not saying the cup's not a big thing for us but we have to finish as high up the table as we can.
"We have our own agenda, we are looking to catch St Johnstone and Dundee United who are above us and if we beat Dunfermline it would go a long way to doing that.
"All the backroom staff are focused on is this game. Maybe one or two players might have one eye on the semi-final but I'm hoping that's not the case and they are all focused on Saturday's game."
Locke looks forward to coming up against mentor Jim Jefferies, the man he still calls gaffer.
He played under Jefferies at Hearts, Bradford and Kilmarnock, where he was handed his first coaching position under his mentor. The former Hearts skipper joined Jefferies as first team coach when he returned to manage Hearts for a second time in January 2010.
However, Locke stayed on in Gorgie when the veteran boss and his assistant Billy Brown departed at the beginning of the season, to be replaced by Paulo Sergio, but finds old habits hard to break.
He said: "He (Jefferies) has been my gaffer for a good number of years as everyone knows and I have nothing but respect for him.... It will certainly be strange being in the opposite dugout but he is professional, I am professional and we are looking forward to the game."