Ling: Not the prettiest of wins

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Victorious Torquay boss Martin Ling admitted his side had to grind out a 1-0 victory over struggling Dagenham.

The sixth-placed Gulls consolidated their position in npower League Two's play-off places thanks to their fourth win on the trot. Home skipper Lee Mansell smashed in the 39th-minute winner from 20 yards to take his tally to nine goals in all competitions.

Ling said: "It wasn't the prettiest of wins but sometimes you have to win ugly and that's what we did here."

He added: "The goal was quality and takes Lee's tally to nine for the season and who would have thought he would be on that many at this stage of the season?

"It was a great strike and was out of context with the rest of the game really, but we will take the win and move on.

"My one concern for Saturday is Joe Oastler, who pulled up with a hamstring injury. At this stage we've got to say he is an injury doubt, but it's only Tuesday and so we have got a few days to work on him and get him right for Saturday."

Daggers boss John Still remains confident that his side can turn around their poor form despite extending their winless streak to six games in the league.

He said: "We've been playing well. I would even say we were playing well at Crewe on Saturday until they got a freak goal and an unfortunate slip by our keeper changed the complexion of the game.

"We played as well if not better and were unlucky not to get something from the game. We have played really well lately and we've just got to maintain that.

"We dug in and bounced back from the Crewe result, started well and continued as we started. I am delighted with our form and with my players."

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