WHILE Harry Kewell was disappointed Saturday’s clash at Scunthorpe was postponed, the Oldham boss admitted it was the right call.

The League Two clash at Glanford Park was called off just two hours before kick off with some Latics staff already at the ground.

But after a Facetime chat with the referee, the former Leeds United and Liverpool star agreed it was the correct decision.

“It was unfortunate we couldn’t play and looking at it, it was the correct call to make as neither team would’ve been able to play any kind of football on the surface,” Kewell said.

“I had a Facetime call with the referee before the announcement who showed me the conditions as we were still at the venue having our pre-match meal.

“The ball wouldn’t bounce or roll properly so it was always going to be difficult to play on it although Scunthorpe did try their best to get the game on.”

He added: “We understand it may seem only like a bit of rain but from what we saw, the information that we got from our kit man and the media who were already there, we knew in the end that the game wasn’t going to be playable. It’s a shame as we were prepared for it and had a good week’s training, but that’s how it goes with the difficult weather conditions we’ve been facing in recent weeks.

“We’ll have to adapt again and remain focused.”

It was Latics' second postponement of the season following the clash at Forest Green in January which was abandoned in the second half due to fog.

Both games will now be rearranged midweek trips – with Oldham making the return trip to Forest Green next Tuesday – but Kewell says that is something his side will have to deal with.

“You have to be able to adapt in this game as I keep saying,” he told the club website.

“We’re professional enough to deal with unfortunate circumstances and setbacks like this, it can’t be used as an excuse and now we have to be ready for the next test as this week is all about preparation again.

“We knew everything that we had to do and at the last minute it got called off so instead of going left, we went right and back home.

“Now we have to put Scunthorpe to one side and we concentrate now on Exeter.”

Kewell said the one positive of the unexpected free weekend was that it has allowed his players to refresh and get focused ahead of a hectic run of games.

Latics play eight times in the space of 25 days as they prepare for a run of Saturday-Tuesday fixtures – starting at home to high-flying Exeter City at the weekend.

While it will be 14 days since they last played, an impressive 2-1 win over Salford City, the Latics boss believes it may be something of a blessing in disguise.

“We’ve got a hectic schedule coming up, so it’s a good chance for us to get some good work into the players again before the Tuesday-Saturday turnaround,” he said.

“It’ll give us a chance to implement some fresh ideas and we will take it from there.

“Not playing the game is of benefit for some of the players though, those that are working their way back to full fitness.

“It’s going to be hectic again soon so we need to make sure we’re ready for the demands as we want to finish the season strongly.”