HARRY Kewell insists the last-minute long trip to AFC Bournemouth has not taken it out of his Oldham Athletic side.

Latics were due to play the Cherries at home in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, but last week's freezing temperatures left the Boundary Park pitch unplayable and prompted a late switch.

Nevertheless, Kewell says his players will still be well prepared for tomorrow night's League Two clash with Mansfield, and are not feeling any after effects of their travels.

"People say it's a long journey but you're a professional player and a professional club and it really doesn't matter if you get on the road 24/7, it's part of your job so just get your head down and do it. I don't take that as an excuse and I don't take that as a problem," said Latics' head coach.

"We have great staff here that make sure the boys are fed well, rest well, we had a great hotel, the food was great, everything was perfect. It was just that we competed in the first half and then we just slipped up in the second half."

Oldham went into the break level at the Vitality Stadium after a Dylan Bahamboula penalty in first-half stoppage time cancelled out David Brooks' 43rd minute opener.

But Bournemouth ran away with it in the second half.

"We always look at every game and what we can and can't take away from it," said Kewell on reflection.

"I saw a lot of positives in the way that we played but I also saw a few negatives which we've identified and we've worked on this week because we've had an extra 24 hours to prepare for this game (Mansfield), and hopefully we can deliver that.

"We have a couple of players who are coming back from injury which strengthens the squad and breeds competition."

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and striker Danny Rowe were both absent on Saturday but could be back to face Mansfield.