Writer: Abe Hawken
Date:Saturday May 2 2009
Relegated Southampton travel to Nottingham tomorrow, for an early kick-off which is now a match of no significance.
Forest are safe, and the Saints are condemned to League One following a 10 point penalty.
The Saints will be playing for pride as manager Mark Wotte turns his thoughts to a tough season in the third tier.
Quotes courtesy of Sky Sports:
'It would be cheap for me to blame our relegation on the club's financial problems, but they obviously didn't help us.'
'If you talk to individual players then most of them are worried for their futures, which is natural when a club's financial grounding is unstable.
'It has made my job more difficult because you not only have to deal with the football matters, but also everything else that surrounds it and players who do worry about their future can let it affect their confidence levels.'
Forest will once again be without striker Nathan Tyson (ankle), and Manager Billy Davies may choose to give Guy Moussi a run out as he returns from injury.
After joining from Q.P.R, Blackstock has made a huge impact on Forest. The striker has scored two vital goals, and will be the one to watch as he faces his old club.
Southampton will be without the injured Paul Wotton (jaw) and Lee Holmes (ankle).
Wotte may include Wayne Thomas as the ex-Burnley captain has recovered from his knee injury.
Davis has been arguably the player of the season for the Saints, and the fans will be eager to show the ex-Sunderland keeper their appreciation.
Earlier this season, Forest stole the points at St. Mary's, winning 2-1 in the six pointer on the south coast.
Of the 95 meetings, Forest have the edge having won 41 compared to Southampton's 33.
Mr. Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
Forest 0 - 1 Saints. Forest have nothing to play for, and Saints feel harshly dealt with by the football league and will want to show their travelling fans a spirited performance.
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Date:Saturday May 2 2009
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