Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Torquay United 0.
Burton Albion 2-0 Torquay United
Goals from Jimmy Phillips and Adam McGurk helped Burton to a comfortable victory against Torquay United.
Brewers skipper Ian Sharps had a header cleared off the line while McGurk saw his swerving free-kick hit the post.
Gary Rowett's side finally got the goal they deserved when Billy Kee's shot came back off the woodwork and Phillips followed up to rifle home.
Kee then threaded a pass through for McGurk who fired a shot into the far corner - his sixth goal this term.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Burton assistant manager Kevin Summerfield told BBC Radio Derby:
"It's been due at home. We've been a little bit unlucky. We've shot ourselves in the foot on several occasions this season, but this was a good game and it was pleasing after Saturday's win.
"Our back four looked really solid. In days gone by, we would've been camped in our box, panicking like anything, basically sitting there and hoping we could get a 1-0. We're not doing that anymore. We're pretty confident in the back four and it allows us to play out again.
"Clean sheets are absolutely vital. We've struggled to keep them this season, but in the last four or five games, we've looked a hell of a lot better. We haven't looked like conceding goals and nobody has looked like threatening us and that gives you a great platform to play off."
Torquay United boss Alan Knill told BBC Radio Devon:
"I thought we did OK but we gave away two poor goals.
"Up to that I thought we did a decent job. We knew it was going to be difficult and we have to get through this period.
"We know we're missing our centre-halves but we competed with one of the best teams in the league."
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- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Torquay United 0.
Dale Tonge (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.
Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).
Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Thomas Cruise.
Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Torquay United).
Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jak McCourt (Torquay United).
Substitution, Torquay United. Elliot Benyon replaces Karl Hawley.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Chris Hussey.
Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Goal! Burton Albion 2, Torquay United 0. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy Kee.
Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.
Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).
Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Nathan Craig.
Attempt missed. Jak McCourt (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Nathan Craig (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.