Newly-appointed Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan believes his side need eight or nine victories from their remaining 18 games to avoid relegation from League Two.

The 48-year-old boss guided his side to a 2-1 win in his first game in charge, as the Pilgrims defeated Morecambe at Home Park.

And Sheridan, who has been appointed manager until the end of the season, is looking to build on that success, as he bids to steer Plymouth clear of relegation danger.

Speaking to BBC Sport South West, Sheridan stated his belief that the Home Park club have the foundations to play at a higher level.

"I've played here, and know what the crowd base is, and potentially it's a very good club, and a club which should be in and around the Championship.

"Supporter wise, when I look at the crowd, they're still getting 6,000 (attendances) even now when they're losing games, so we need to give them something back."

The ex-Oldham and Chesterfield boss brings an impressive 40% win rate from his six years in the dugout, but takes over a side with just two win in their last 17 games.

It leaves the Pilgrims languishing in 22rd place in England’s fourth tier, however Sheridan wants to concentrate on the role he now has to play.

"That’s in the past; I can't look back, and there's nothing we can do about that.

"It's going to be very difficult, but I'm going to give it my all, and I'm looking forward to trying to get us safe."

The Devon outfit have endured a turbulent few years, with two relegations and a spell in administration to contend with, but their new man is confident in his ability to turn things around.

"When you're losing games on a regular basis it doesn't give anyone any confidence.

"I do different things and I will try to do the things I'm used to doing - I believe they’ve been quite successful for me."

Sheridan expects to bolster his squad this month as the January window gets into full swing, with a one or two new arrivals essential as the Pilgrims fight against relegation.

"If I can get the right players in, I'm trying to bring in one or two players, first and foremost to help us win a game of football.

"I think I'll bring players in who know this division as well, know me and how I work and it's important they settle quickly because I want them, if I can get them, involved for Saturday’s game."

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