Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JOHN PERCY

DANNY HIG­GIN­BOTHAM has swapped Stoke for a grim rel­e­ga­tion scrap with Not­ting­ham For­est – but in­sists it beats shop­ping in Sains­bury’s!

Hig­gin­botham ad­mit­ted he jumped at the chance to join Steve Cot­ter­ill’s sur­vival mis­sion af­ter los­ing his place in Tony Pulis’s side.

In fact, the Stoke de­fender was frozen out so much that he was re­duced to push­ing a trol­ley around su­per­mar­kets while the Pot­ters played in the Premier League.

But the 33-year-old is rel­ish­ing the prospect of help­ing Cot­ter­ill avoid a hu­mil­i­at­ing drop into League One.

“It’s been so frus­trat­ing at Stoke and at this stage of my ca­reer I don’t want to be in Sains­bury’s on a Satur­day af­ter­noon,” said Hig­gin­botham.

“I’ve been des­per­ate to play be­cause there is no worse feel­ing than train­ing all week and not even mak­ing the 16-man squad.

“Push­ing a trol­ley around a su­per­mar­ket while the rest of your mates are play­ing is not the way I want to re­mem­ber my ca­reer end­ing.


“For­est’s po­si­tion is a bad one but there’s no rea­son why we can’t es­cape.

“Peo­ple are writ­ing us off, so to stay up would be just as sat­is­fy­ing as win­ning pro­mo­tion.”

Hig­gin­botham is poised to make his de­but against Wat­ford this week­end – a game which will be pre­ceded by a minute’s ap­plause in trib­ute to the late For­est owner Nigel Doughty, who died from a sus­pected heart at­tack on Satur­day.

Doughty has left a whopping £23mil­lion to guar­an­tee costs at the cash-strapped club for this sea­son and the next two cam­paigns.

For­est goal­keeper Lee Camp in­sists the 54-yearold, who took over at For­est in 2003, de­serves his place in club his­tory.

Camp said: “He was a Not­ting­hamshire boy, he was self-made and I have spo­ken be­fore about the amount of money he has put in – it was in­cred­i­ble.

“He has played a big part in the last decade of the club. He will go down in his­tory and the club should al­ways be in­debted to him.”

FROZEN OUT: Hig­gin­botham

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