Dagenham & Redbridge first-team coach Dave Jupp praised the players for their response in a 2-1 win over National League rivals York City.

Daggers had lost by the same margin at Maidenhead United in midweek and were without centre-back Harry Phipps, due to concussion suffered on Friday.

And they fell behind to the Minstermen when Watford loanee Shaq Forde converted Ryan Fallowfield's pass.

Inih Effiong levelled just before the break, though, after good work from Junior Morias and Dean Rance sealed the points with a looping header on 71 minutes to leave Daggers four points off the play-off spots.

And Jupp told the club website: "Scrappy first half. We knew their dangers, they caught us on the break from our own set-piece which is disappointing, but they finished it well, we knew the dangers they carried there.

"We had some good positions, but were just untidy with the ball, sloppy with the ball, slow moving it, looked a little bit unconfident but put some moves together.

"Then obviously just before half-time we got one right, Inih has finished it well, great play from Junior coming inside with an assist. Bits we worked on.

"It just gave us that little bit of lift we needed going into half-time to give us a bit of belief coming out for the second half.

"Second half they had a go for the first 15 minutes, again we didn't really keep it, then we grew into it and got a bit more control.

"Obviously they still carried a threat but I thought in the end we were probably deserved 2-1 [winners].

"We dealt with their threats at the end quite well and looked likely to get a third but we take the 2-1 after Tuesday's result."

Effiong's fourth goal for the club in seven appearances came at a particularly good time as it gave Daggers the chance to then reset during the interval.

And Jupp also gave praise to Mo Sagaf for his efforts in an unfamiliar role.

"It was [a case of] 'have a bit more belief'. We just looked a little bit unconfident on the ball, a bit hesitant, sloppy," he added.

"[We said] if you get it right, that's what you can do to teams. Take that positivity and do it more in the second half.

"Fair play to them, they kept at it. We still could be better, but three points, can't argue with it really.

"Sags is a great lad and he did terrific, it's not his preferred position but with what we had available to us it made the most sense to put him there, as well as he could step in with the ball a little bit from deeper.

"Terrific shift from him. When you're in a position like that you need people to, not dig you out but help you out and go in holes they don't want to.

"Delighted for him [Effiong], he works extremely hard and deserves that. It was a good finish from him in that position."

A second win in three matches since the sudden departure of manager Daryl McMahon was also key according to Jupp, ahead of a midweek meeting with leaders Wrexham at Victoria Road.

"It was important we got the three points going into Tuesday, which is going to be a tough game," he added.

"It will be a very tough game Tuesday, lets not beat around the bush. We've got Notts County and Wrexham within two weeks of each other, you probably couldn't have two harder games could you?

"We'll go and enjoy Tuesday, you have to go and enjoy it. There will be a great atmosphere around here with what they will bring down and hopefully ours will get out and give us a bit of support, it's vital they do.

"Extremely tough game. We got a lot of plaudits from them for spoiling Notts County. Lets see if we can do the same and get back on even terms.

"Great response after Tuesday, where we were disappointed, so that's a great response to get three and we look forward to Tuesday and Wrexham at home and then go from there."