Saints stopper's safety aim
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Southampton's Danny Higginbotham is anxious for the club to be safe by the last day.Danny Higginbotham is anxious for Southampton's Premiership fate not to rest on a final day meeting with Manchester United.
Saints were comfortably outclassed in Saturday's FA Cup quarter final as United coasted to a 4-0 victory at St Mary's.
The Red Devils return to the South Coast for their last match of the Premiership season in May, which could have a bearing on Southampton's top-flight future.
Southampton are currently two points from safety and have nine games to preserve their status in The Premiership.
Higginbotham is aware of the size of the task facing Saints and hopes the team will be safe by the time they entertain United again.
"The most important thing now is to make sure that we concentrate on staying in The Premiership next season," said Higginbotham.
"We've not set ourselves a points target but we've got nine cup finals now so we just have to keep going.
"But there's no reason why we shouldn't believe in ourselves because we've been playing well recently.
"The Manchester United game on the last day of the season is going to be massive.
"But it's up to us to make sure we're safe by then."