The goal that settled the game came five minutes into the second half, And, not for the first time this season – or the second, third and fourth come to that – it came from a corner.
Once again the Daggers failed to deal with a flag kick driven into the box and Gulls defender Aaron Downes took advantage to thump home a header.
Corners proved a weakness at both ends of the pitch for Wayne Burnett’s men. They won a string of them themselves, but they came to nothing because they failed to clear the first defender – making it easy for Torquay to deal with them.
Torquay were rock bottom of League Two when they arrived at Victoria Road. This victory considerably improved their position.
And no one can claim they did not deserve it. They performed like a team fighting for their lives and made life difficult for the Daggers.
The worrying aspect for Burnett is that Torquay looked hungrier and appeared to want it more than his team – who needed to step up a gear and play with more aggression.
They piled some pressure on towards the end in a bid to salvage something from the game. But it was too little, too late.
Chris Dickson had a chance soon after coming on as a 58th minute sub. But he finished poorly with a shot Gulls keeper Michael Poke saved easily.
A low cross from Rhys Murphy
was hacked away and Dickson drove the ball across the face of the goal with no one up to apply the finishing touch.
Another effort from Murphy was pushed against a post by Poke, with two follow up shots being blocked.
So the Daggers had their chances and with a bit more sharpness might have made something of them.
They can, and will, do better in that area. But the problem of defending set pieces properly is an entirely different story.
One thing is for sure. If they do manage to sort it out they will make life a whole lot easier for themselves.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Saah, Hoyte, Elito (Edgar 82), Ogogo, Howell, D’Ath (Dickson 59), Murphy, Hines.
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Wilkinson, Scott, Edgar, Shields, Connors.
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