BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 11:23 GMT, Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Plymouth boss Paul Mariner hails his players spirit

Paul Mariner
Mariner became head coach at Home Park on 10 December

Plymouth Argyle boss Paul Mariner says his team will fight to the bitter end in their battle to stave off relegation from the Championship.

The Pilgrims are still three points from safety despite beating Derby 1-0 at Home Park on Tuesday.

Mariner told BBC Radio Devon: "There's absolutely no doubt that we're going to fight until there's no breath left."

Since taking over as head coach in December, Mariner has led the Pilgrims to three wins out of six matches.

An 81st minute strike from returning striker Jamie Mackie was enough to see off Nigel Clough's side on Tuesday, giving Plymouth their first win of the calendar year.

"Nobody's turned us over yet," he said. "We're always in games, it's always close encounters with us but today [Tuesday] we came out on top."

"It was a difficult game but we're obviously happy to win, and I felt it was a fantastic, gritty, team performance.

"The league is a very competitive league and you've got some difference makers in each team, and our difference maker was Jamie."

On Saturday, Argyle face another crucial fixture, away at Sheffield Wednesday, who are also at the wrong end of the Championship table.

And with three points secured against Derby, Mariner is confident his charges are beginning to follow his example of never giving up.

"We try and give that as a bench mark for the players and they've responded remarkably well," he said.

Print Sponsor

see also
Plymouth 1-0 Derby
26 Jan 10 |  Championship
Stockdale joins Plymouth on loan
22 Jan 10 |  Plymouth
Plymouth 0-1 Crystal Palace
16 Jan 10 |  Championship
Carver extends Plymouth contract
15 Jan 10 |  Plymouth
Argyle sign Mason up until 2012
13 Jan 10 |  Plymouth
Newcastle 3-0 Plymouth
13 Jan 10 |  FA Cup

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.