John Still believed Dagenham deserved a point against Torquay at Plainmoor, especially given the Daggers' second-half display.
Matthew Saunders' 20-yard leveller in the 74th minute had cancelled out Danny Stevens' first-half opener, scored from close range after Daggers keeper Chris Lewington failed to hold Rene Howe's shot.
But substitute Niall Thompson let fly with a thumping cross from the left in the 79th minute that flew in off Daggers skipper Abu Ogogo to send Still's men home with nothing.
"I don't think we deserved to lose," he said after Saturday's League Two clash. "I thought it was very even. We were a bit unfortunate with the second goal. It has taken a deflection and there is not a lot you can do about that.
"I was disappointed with the first one, Chris has got to deal better with that. But I didn't think there was a lot in the game and I thought it was quite an even game and we were going to get something out of it.
"In the first half we could not really get going. In the second half we were much better, we attacked better. We had two or three good efforts, decent efforts and I felt that their opportunities would come on the break. But we were a goal down and had to take an opportunity.
"Even at 1-1 I don't want a draw we wanted to win, we went for it and you can't do anything about deflections, but that's football."