Saturday 17th
0 - 1
City Ground


Mr G. Willard

Goal 1:
63 mins)

Tottenham Hotspur
Crossley     Walker
Louis-Jean     Carr
Edwards     Freund
Gough     Nielsen
Chettle     Ferdinand
Bonalair     Armstrong
Johnson     Iversen
Rogers     Taricco
Shipperley     Campbell
Freedman     Sherwood
van Hooijdonk     Young
Substitutes     Substitutes
Stensaas     Baardsen
Beasant     Nilsen
Harewood     Fox
Woan     Anderton
Mattsson     Ginola

© Nottingham Forest 1999

Nottingham Forest 0 v 1 Tottenham Hotspur

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Well that's it, we are back where we came from last year in such style., not mathematically, but realistically.

We came up as a good side which needed strengthening, and are going back as a side that needs completely rebuilding.

Here are some facts of the season so far: Players used: 34 compared to Manchester Utd. 22 we have scored 0.90 goals per game Top scorers Freedman 8, van Hooijdonk 6, Rogers 3 Yellow cards 82 Red cards 5 average gate 24,555 an increase of 19.52%

The match, I find it hard to put fingers to keyboard tonight to sum up how I feel about today's game so will give you

The Daily Express report: Nottingham Forest had football's version of an eleventh-hour reprieve as Marians Pahars' late equaliser for Southampton at The Dell staved off relegation for the City Ground club. Pahars scored five minutes from time to force a 3-3 draw with Blackburn on the south coast and ensure Forest can still stay up mathematically. Had Rovers or Charlton won, Ron Atkinson's side would have gone down today but their fate is now likely to be sealed in the next seven days, with the Addicks hosting Tottenham in midweek and Forest going to Aston Villa on Saturday. Steffen Iversen was the man whose goal put the Midlanders within touching distance of relegation, the Norwegian firing home on 62 minutes after Christian Edwards had failed to properly clear Chris Armstrong's cross. Mark Crossley should have done better with Iversen's shot, the keeper getting his hands to the near-post effort but merely helping it into the net. However, anything other than a Spurs victory today would have been an injustice, such was their dominance. Crossley, who denied Gary Lineker from the spot in the 1991 FA Cup final between the teams, saved an Allan Nielsen penalty deep into first-half stoppage time today after Richard Gough had fouled Iversen. Edwards also had to clear off the line with the Forest keeper stranded after Tim Sherwood had turned the ball goalwards. Armstrong had good claims for a penalty waved away when he appeared to be upended by Edwards, while the striker headed over from six yards out after the home defence _ not for the first time this season _ had gone AWOL. As the hosts pressed forward looking for a draw, Nielsen fired just wide and Armstrong failed to cross to Iversen with the goal gaping. Forest had a handful of chances, with Dougie Freedman again their most dangerous player by some distance. He forced Ian Walker into a good save, while the Scot sent an effort onto the roof of the net immediately after Iversen scored. With time running out, Walker denied Marlon Harewood when the young striker found himself in the clear but an equaliser would not come. All in all, it was a sorry day for Forest but their poor performance was little different to the ones they have produced week in, week out this campaign. The Premiership grim reaper has been eyeing up the City Ground for some months now _ the only issue has been who would put them out of their top flight misery. Forest have been on football's version of death row since February, with it being a matter of when rather than if last season's Division One champions would go straight back to the Nationwide League, and today's stay of execution is unlikely to be repeated. Dave Bassett could not halt the slide and paid the price, while Ron Atkinson came in too late to have any realistic chance of staving off what is now an inevitable relegation _ their third in seven years. But one has had the feeling for most of the season that even Roy Race, the man who has performed so many comic-book miracles for Melchester Rovers, would have been unable to keep Forest up, such was the team's plight during and after their Premier League-record run of 19 matches without a win. Only four members of the team which kicked off the campaign at Arsenal in August started today and that, as much as anything, shows up their problems. Pierre van Hooijdonk's three-month strike did not help; neither did the sale of Kevin Campbell _ now proving his worth with crucial goals for struggling Everton _ and then Colin Cooper. The money that has been used to bring in players has not been spent very wisely, with 1.5million striker Neil Shipperley for one proving far from good value. To put it simply, Forest have been nowhere near top-flight standard this season and could end with the lowest number of points in the Premier League's six-year history _ they are six short of the current record of 27. They have little left to play for but pride and the team, and their long-suffering fans, are now resigned to beginning the new Millennium in Division On