Dagenham boss John Still was glad to put an end to three straight defeats as his team moved to within six points of the npower League Two play-off places with a 2-0 win at Accrington.

Goals from Matthew Saunders on 21 minutes and birthday boy Luke Howell seven minutes after the restart secured the win for Still's side who are up to 14th in the League.

Still has had to sell striker Dwight Gayle to Peterborough this month and is hoping he can keep hold of the rest of his current team as he looks upwards after a disappointing Christmas.

"We played strong teams over the Christmas period," said Still. "We were poor against Southend, made mistakes against Port Vale and matched Northampton and did as much as them but again made too many errors.

"We have to accept we are a young team who will make mistakes, we are used to this here and we are used to highs and lows and never get too high with a win and too low with a loss.

"All we can do is keep going and hopefully we won't lose many more players. Hopefully we can extend the contracts of a few more players who are here at the moment."

The home side are anxiously looking over their shoulders after two wins in 11 games has seen them drop six points off the bottom of the table.

Manager Leam Richardson admitted: "I agree with the result, we did not deserve to get anything out of the game. The first 10 or 15 minutes, we were comfortable but then we conceded two terrible goals.

"Fair play to Dagenham, they did a job, they have no airs and graces, they played to their strengths and got the win.

"After that we had possession around the box but couldn't hurt them. But we have to remain upbeat, this is a big month for us, and we can't get too down."