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League Two

Ling delighted with Torquay grit

2 December 2012

Torquay boss Martin Ling was full of praise for his side as they recorded back to back victories to move up to eighth following a 2-1 home win over Dagenham.

The turning point was the introduction of 75th minute substitute Niall Thompson a minute after Matthew Saunders 20-yard volleyed leveller had cancelled out Danny Stevens' first-half opener. Thompson's thumping cross in the 79th minute flew in off Daggers skipper Abu Ogogo leaving Ling to reflect on a hard-earned three points.

"It's another League Two game that we have to dig out against a team in a good run of form," he said. "We've got back to back wins after disappointing results. It gets us back into the race again. I thought Ryan Jarvis worked his socks off and gave Rene Howe some really good support and once again Rene was hard to handle.

"To be fair to them they got a head of steam up but then we had the substitution with young Niall Thompson coming on and that proved good for us in the end, even though it was an own goal I understand. He's in there trying to claim it, a young lad for his first league goal.

"Overall I think it was workmanlike. Dagenham have had some good results. It was a good result against a side in form. When you play a John Still side you know you are in for a tough game and I think it was."

The Daggers could have been 1-0 down after a matter of seconds but Howe's first minute volley crashed off the crossbar.

Danny Stevens' second goal in two games fired Torquay ahead in the 36th minutes when Daggers keeper Chris Lewington palmed Howe's shot onto the bar before winger Stevens pounced to drill the ball home from close range, a goal that Daggers boss John Still was not happy with.

"I was disappointed with the first one, Chris has got to deal better with that," he said. "But I didn't think there was a lot in the game and I thought it was quite an even game and we were going to get something out of it.

"I don't think we deserved to lose. I thought it was very even. We were a bit unfortunate with the second goal. It has taken a deflection and there is not a lot you can do about that.

"Even at 1-1 I don't want a draw we wanted to win, we went for it and you can't do anything about deflections, but that's football."

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