Still hails ‘deserved’ Daggers win

Victory over Port Vale makes it three wins from four in the battle against the drop

Daggers boss John Still believed his side were worthy winners, as they put Port Vale to the sword with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

Michael Spillane’s 65th-minute header was enough to move the east Londoners up to 19th – the highest position they have occupied in League Two since mid-September.

Still said: “Port Vale are in a false position because they have had points deducted. We know they’re tough at home and I felt we weren’t under a lot of pressure.

“They ended up hitting a lot of long balls into us, which isn’t their style. I think it was a deserved win for the away team.

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“Overall we’re delighted because 10 points from 12 is brilliant in our position.”

Medy Elito hit a post in the first half, before Spillane’s fourth of the season deservedly pushed the visitors ahead.

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The win was not made safe though, until Chris Lewington’s penalty save eight minutes from time ensured Daggers moved five points clear of the relegation zone with six games to play.

Still added: “Other than the penalty save Chris hasn’t really had to fly around his goal.

“He’s a young goalkeeper following a legend and that’s not easy. He will make mistakes, but on the way to being a good goalkeeper lots of them make mistakes. “We’re not over critical. We understand young players will make mistakes. We have to try and find them and make them better, that’s what this club does and he’s done well with the penalty save.

“There are still lots of games to play. We have to keep putting in these type of performances and keep people fit.”

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