Oldham coach Scott Naylor says he will have no problem in lifting his team for Sunday’s Championship clash with Leigh after the Roughyeds were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Warrington.
The Wolves inflicted a 70-10 defeat on Oldham at Bower Fold.
The Roughyeds went into battle with only 16 fully-fit players plus Tom Ashton, who hadn’t played for months after an appendix operation.
“I’m completely over that now, but I still need to do a lot of work on my general fitness,” Ashton said, who went on for the last quarter of an hour, slotting in at left-centre with Danny Grimshaw switching to full-back and Richard Lepori going off.
Naylor said he was proud of his squad’s efforts against unbelievable odds.
“It’s all over now,” he said.
“It will soon be forgotten. We move on and prepare for Leigh. It doesn’t get any easier.
“But we’ve come through with no more injuries and next week we’ll have some lads back and we’ll have the dual-reg boys again.
“Leigh will be the start of our second half of the season and the main objective, from day one, has been to consolidate in this division.
“I’ve got a great bunch of lads and we talk a lot about ourselves. We don’t focus much on other teams. Whether that’s good or bad , I don’t really know, but it seems to work for us.
“And I don’t see any problem at all in picking up the boys for next week.”