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Paul Mariner asks Plymouth Argyle to battle on

Paul Mariner
Mariner became head coach at Plymouth Argyle in December 2009

Plymouth Argyle boss Paul Mariner has asked his players to keep fighting to retain their Championship status.

A 2-0 defeat at Home Park by Middlesbrough on Monday, leaves the Pilgrims four points clear of safety, with just four games to play.

Mariner told BBC Devon: "I said to the lads in the dressing room that there's a lot of twists and turns yet, even if there are only four games left.

"That's a lot of points at stake and there's a lot that can go on."

"We're sad but the lads are still fighting big time," he added.

Plymouth are away at fellow-strugglers Watford on Saturday, and Mariner knows a win at Vicarage Road is vital for their bid to stay up.

He said: "You've got to make your own luck, you've got to be forceful, you've got to be confident.

"This is no mug's league. You can see how narrow the margins are between success and failure, but we're still going to be battling next week."

Watford drew 1-1 at home with West Bromwich Albion on Monday to move four points clear of the Pilgrims at the bottom of the Championship table.

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see also
Plymouth 0-2 Middlesbrough
05 Apr 10 |  Championship
Doncaster 1-2 Plymouth
05 Apr 10 |  Championship
Plymouth 0-0 Barnsley
30 Mar 10 |  Championship

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