PHIL Parkinson saluted Altrincham’s clinical finishing after three superbly-taken goals eased any relegation fears and completed a notable National League double over Dagenham and Redbridge at The J.Davidson Stadium.

Alty had been looking nervously over their shoulders, but Parkinson urged them to build on an emphatic 3-0 win and start fixing their sights further up the table after Dan Mooney, Jordan Hulme and Josh Hancock punished the Daggers with unerring strikes.

“We’ve had a tough run of results, but I never lost belief and always knew we would turn the corner,” said Alty boss Parkinson.

“To take six points off a strong, dangerous Dagenham team is a huge achievement for us and something we must build on.

“I wouldn’t say we were at our best in possession, but we got the basics right, which was so important, given the number of new faces on show.

“And the other difference, of course, was that we were more clinical than they were. All three goals were really well worked and well finished with shots that were taken early.”

Parkinson was just as impressed with the way Alty controlled midfield through Isaac Marriott and Elliot Osborne and stood firm at the back, where Toby Mullarkey expertly marshalled a defence containing three new or recent arrivals in Harry Perritt, Jake Cooper and Eddy Jones.

“Isaac and Elliot gave us an extra dimension in the centre, and I thought there was a dynamism about Isaac’s play,” he said.

“And there are clear signs Toby’s leadership qualities are coming to the fore now. I’ve been demanding that from him, and we have seen it in the last couple of games.

“If he keeps hitting those levels, he won’t be negotiating with me - he will be negotiating with a League club. We wouldn’t want to lose him, but that is the level he is capable of and is now playing at.”

Alty, who are away to Maidenhead United on Saturday, are advertising for a new lead physio after Ryan Murray left to take up a similar position with Wrexham.