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Southend United 1-0 Torquay United

Substitute Freddy Eastwood's first goal since October gave Southend a vital win against bottom club Torquay.

Southend dominated for large parts and should have gone in front but centre-back Jakub Sokolik missed an open goal from six yards out.

John White's header hit the crossbar before Eastwood's close-range finish secured the points.

Southend jump back into the League Two play-off places while Torquay remain four points adrift at the bottom.

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"I think it was a real big win. It was about trying to grind a result out against a team that are fighting for survival.

"We are nudging our way back into the play-offs. Players are on the front foot again. Albeit it wasn't a great performance by any stretch of the imagination.

"That's four clean sheets in a row so we must be doing something right.

"I've just given Freddy [Eastwood] the biggest hug he's had. He's stuck with us, he's been through the mill. What an impact sub he is."

Line-ups

Southend

Formation 4-4-2

  • 17Bentley
  • 2WhiteBooked at 49mins
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 35SokolikBooked at 48mins
  • 32Egan
  • 14Hurst
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forMurphyat 61'minutes
  • 9LozaBooked at 79minsSubstituted forLairdat 83'minutes
  • 39BarnardSubstituted forEastwoodat 65'minutes
  • 12Atkinson

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 4Laird
  • 6Prosser
  • 7Eastwood
  • 11Straker
  • 15Murphy
  • 21Payne

Torquay

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Rice
  • 29O'ConnorBooked at 71mins
  • 3Nicholson
  • 8HardingBooked at 73mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 4Downes
  • 11CameronBooked at 33minsSubstituted forChapellat 74'minutes
  • 7Mansell
  • 9HawleySubstituted forYeomanat 85'minutes
  • 19StockleyBooked at 50minsSubstituted forCoulthirstat 60'minutes
  • 10Bodin

Substitutes

  • 1Poke
  • 2Tonge
  • 6Lathrope
  • 12Chapell
  • 14Yeoman
  • 26Benyon
  • 27Coulthirst
Referee:
Scott Mathieson
Attendance:
6,556

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamTorquay
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 1, Torquay United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Torquay United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ben Harding (Torquay United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).

  8. Post update

    Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ben Harding.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Southend United).

  13. Post update

    Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Ashley Yeoman replaces Karl Hawley.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ben Coker.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Marc Laird replaces Jamar Loza.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale402281064392574
2Scunthorpe401818461372472
3Chesterfield401913862362670
4Fleetwood401981357461165
5Burton40171494237565
6Southend4015141148361259
7Oxford Utd401514114941859
8York401514114638859
9Plymouth391510144444055
10Dag & Red401315124847154
11Cheltenham401215134653-751
12Mansfield401214144252-1050
13Hartlepool401310174646049
14Accrington401213154749-249
15Newport391213144751-449
16Wimbledon401212164248-648
17Morecambe401212164558-1348
18Bury391017124543247
19Exeter401211174751-447
20Bristol Rovers391113153643-746
21Portsmouth401015154056-1645
22Wycombe401013173948-943
23Northampton40913183354-2140
24Torquay4099223558-2336
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