HARRY Kewell feels common sense prevailed in the decision to switch Latics’ FA Cup clash with Bournemouth to the Vitality Stadium.

Oldham are in action on the south coast this afternoon with the Boundary Park pitch deemed unplayable after the recent cold weather.

With the schedule already congested, and the possibility Latics could be forced to give up their place in the competition if the game did not go ahead as planned, swift discussions with the Football Association resulted in the third round tie being moved to the home of the Championship high-fliers.

Kewell has no issue with the decision at all as he plots an upset.

“Ultimately logic came into it,” he said. “Yes, preparations for us have slightly changed but it’s nothing that we’re not used to as we travelled the length of the country already in the league so we’re used to the long away trips, something that the lads enjoy as they get to spend time with each other before a game.

“Yes, we have to travel far but we’re going to Bournemouth, which is a fantastic stadium and fantastic pitch.

“So for us, like I said, it’s going to be no different in terms of motivation needed, if anything it’s a real good opportunity for the lads to showcase their talent.

“There would have obviously been a slight difference if we had the crowds in, but unfortunately we don’t in the difficult times we live in, so again for me and my team, the only thing that we’re doing differently is travelling down now instead of them coming to us.

“I think it’s the right thing to do to make sure we could play the game.

“We need to play the game for a number of reasons. We didn’t want to have the possibility of not playing it, and then potentially getting thrown out for not even attempting or trying our best to find a resolution.

“So I think it worked out the right way in the end.”