Head coach Paul Mariner believes his Plymouth side are moving in the right direction as the bid to avoid relegation from the Coca-Cola Championship intensifies.

The Pilgrims have claimed four points from their last two outings but still have plenty of work to do as they lie second bottom in the table and five points away from safety ahead of Saturday's visit of Leicester.

"Four points out of six is always good news," Mariner told the club's official website. "I expect a level of performance from the players that, for us, is the norm."

He added: "I expect us to battle and, as much as you can guarantee in football, I can guarantee that every game will be a battle. It is down to the players and the resilience of the players. They are winners and they don't really like being in this particular position that they're in.

"We've hopefully galvanised the players. They're right behind the cause - there is no two ways about that, so we're happy with the way it's going."

Meanwhile, head physiotherapist and fitness coach Paul Maxwell has left to further pursue his career after nearly 18 years association with the club.

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