DAG­GERS VOW TO TWIST THE KNIFE IN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

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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