The Saints were on the wrong side in a seven-goal thriller at the City Ground and will lose their top-tier status at the weekend if they don’t bat Fulham or results elsewhere speak against it.
In contrast, Forest climbed out of the last three with a crucial win thanks to Taiwo Awoniyi’s brace, Morgan Gibbs-White’s penalty and Danilo’s brilliant team goal to inspire realistic hope that they could claw back relegation in their first season Tip can avoid class for 23 years.
Goals from Carlos Alcaraz, Lyanco and James Ward-Prowse kept the Saints always in the game, but now they’re staring in the face of relegation to the Championship.
Selles, who took over from Nathan Jones until the end of the season, would like to stay at the club but says it’s not his decision.
“I’m trying to do my best and like I said, I expected to win more football games,” he said.
“It’s a decision the club has to make. I would be happy to be here for the next 10 years, as I have said many times.
“But it’s not up to me to make that decision. I can only work every day and in the situation we are in right now there is of course so much uncertainty for everyone.
“We just have to deal with whatever is happening as best we can and then keep looking forward to whatever it is.
“And if it’s facing forward – if it’s together, it’s better.
“The club will present an agenda for the coming days or weeks on how they will deal with it if it happens. The club has to react to that.
“I can tell you what we’re going to do over the next few weeks. We’ll just keep working as much as we can and save the situations for the future for the people who need to be responsible.”
Forest took full advantage of losses for Leeds and Leicester to move up to 16th with three games to go, three points above the drop zone.
boss Steve Cooper says the fight against the Drop isn’t over yet, but that this could be a big moment.
“We feel like we’re playing well and we’ve won two games out of three,” he said. “You always want back-to-back wins and where we are it’s not easy, so winning two out of three is a really positive thing.
“It just gives us a little bit more confidence and momentum to just go into the next one. Surely we will need more points and more positive results.
“It’s a massive win tonight and an important one, but it will only get bigger if we build on it.
“That must be the plan from now on. We will start the cycle of putting one game to bed and preparing for the next.
“No days off and the work ethic has to be at its maximum to give the players everything they need to be ready for the next game.”