DAGGERS VOW TO TWIST THE KNIFE IN
MEDY Elito insists Dagenham owe it to teams at either end of the table to finish the season strongly after nudging Torquay closer to the relegation trapdoor.
The Daggers are safely lodged in midtable but their victory at Torquay effectively relegated the Gulls and they now face back-toback matches against two other sides with plenty to play for.
Tomorrow promotion-chasing Chesterfield pitch up at Victoria Road before Northampton, who are fighting for their lives at the bottom, arrive five days later.
And while Dagenham now have little to play for, Elito has guaranteed his team-mates will put everything into their remaining three fixtures.
He said: “We are an honest team and we want to finish the season with as many points as possible.
“We are confident of getting three points against Chesterfield on Monday and are certainly not fearing them.
“We are playing teams battling for their lives and going for promotion and we want to end the campaign on a high.
“I feel we can plenty of points in the last three games because the boys are hungry. Some of the boys have played 45 games plus but we will get through it.”
While Dagenham are aiming high, Torquay’s fate could be sealed in Monday’s Devon derby against Exeter City at St James’ Park.
The Gulls are eight points adrift of safety – with a vastly inferior goal difference – heading into their last three games. Rookie manager Chris Hargreaves refused to speak to the media after Torquay were sentenced to their fifth defeat in their last six games.
Hargreaves also banned his players from commenting on the match or their battle against the drop, a battle they now look certain to lose.
But Daggers boss Wayne Burnett has sympathy for their plight, admitting Torquay could have taken the win.
He said “They are fighting for their lives and gave it a real go against us.
“It was a match that could have gone either way, but we got the penalty and that was enough.
“You never know what might happen in football but it does look tough for them now.
“We were hot favourites to go down at the start of the season and we have proved a few people wrong.
“It has been a long season and my players have worked incredibly hard. I won’t allow us to finish with a whimper.
“If any of them think they can take their foot off the gas, they are sorely mistaken.”
Krystian Pearce forced a smart double save out of Chris Lewington as Torquay started the game brightly.
The hosts then squandered a great chance to take the lead on the half-hour when Shaquile Coulthirst headed straight at Lewington, but Elito struck from a penalty on 67 minutes after Dale Tonge fouled him.
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SPOT ON: Dagenham’s Medy Elito scores with a penalty past Martin Rice