Manager Frankie Bunn says his team will be up for the task when high flying Bury visit Boundary Park on Saturday.
Bury are currently a team in form and have had many raving reviews across the season and Latics didn’t have the ideal preparation with the defeat to Rochdale on Tuesday night.
However, Bunn says it’s the norm for teams to play midweek games, so his team will not be affected by playing on Tuesday night.
“It is what it is, this is British football we should have played last week but obviously the game was called off.” He said.
“Bury got their game in and played again Saturday so it's same as, it's just a midweek game which feature throughout the season.”
Latics also had to play the majority of the second half with 10-men following the sending off of Mohamed Maouche.
It meant Latics had to put extra work in on Tuesday night to accommodate the red card, but Bunn says that will not become an excuse come Saturday and praised the squad’s fitness levels.
“We're great, we are a fit bunch as you can still see when we're still running in the 90th minute.
“The fitness levels are terrific so there's no need to use it as an excuse, we'll be ready.
“It'll be a test of the fitness levels and you have to take suspensions and knocks on board so it's a tough time for everybody but hopefully we'll come through unscathed.”
Bunn provided an update on Cameron Dummigan who limped off injured on Tuesday night as well as hinting at a couple of players returning, although he wouldn’t specify who.
“We don't know how he is at the minute, he's going for a scan later today and obviously we'll find out what sort of damage it is.
“We're down to the bare bones and we have been since the Lincoln game.
“There may be a couple coming back on Saturday, we'll see how they are tomorrow and leave it until then and take it from there.”
Bury will provide the second derby of the week and with a new owner announced this week the Shakers will be full of confidence going into the game.
Bunn accepts his side may be touted as underdogs by some going into the game, but he believes his team has what it takes to get the three points.
“It'll be a great game, Bury are a really good outfit with a strong players and some good players.
“They're flying high at the minute, so it'll be a tough test for us, we're probably going in as underdogs but it's a game we're relishing.
“They'll come and have a go and they're full of confidence as we are, so I'm hoping it'll be a good battle.”
Bunn is also expecting another big turnout from the Latics faithful who have been in fine form themselves over the course of the season.
The Latics manager is hoping that the fans can recreate the atmosphere at boundary Park and he believes the players will thrive under the atmosphere.
“The atmosphere should be good, it should be lively, and everybody wants to be in front of a big crowd to show their talent.
“Hopefully we'll have a good turn out and a noisy turnout from the Oldham supporters.”