Bottom-side Torquay ended third-placed Southend's seven-match unbeaten run thanks to a goal from John Marquis.

Marquis, on loan from Millwall, grabbed the winner on 50 minutes after being played in by a Billy Bodin lob.

Torquay nearly doubled their lead twice within a minute as Southend cleared a goalmouth scramble off the line and Jak McCourt hit the bar with a cross.

The Gulls stay bottom of League Two but move level on points with Northampton, while the Shrimpers drop to seventh.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

Post match: Southend boss Phil Brown

"It was an unrecognisable team performance. To a man you can't say that anybody individually played well, so collectively you are not going to [win].

"We didn't play any football, we tended to go route one, maybe because of the conditions, but these are going to worse over the next couple of months.

"It's all about bottle and pressure and we just didn't handle the conditions, didn't handle the opposition, didn't handle the ball. Consequently we got what we deserved. Absolutely nothing.

"If we can't handle being in play-off situations, if we can't handle being in automatic spots, then now's the time to get out. I know what my ambition is and what the football club's ambition is. The players have got to step up to that ambition."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Torquay United

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Tonge
  • 21 Cruise
  • 07 Mansell
  • 04 Downes
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 12 Chapell (Benyon - 88' )
  • 17 McCourt
  • 16 Marquis
  • 36 Mozika
  • 10 Bodin

Substitutes

  • 05 Pearce
  • 09 Hawley
  • 11 Cameron
  • 13 Rice
  • 20 Craig
  • 26 Benyon
  • 31 Sullivan

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker
  • 08 Timlin
  • 06 Prosser
  • 15 Kiernan
  • 04 Laird (Leonard - 54' )
  • 16 Clifford (Eastwood - 61' )
  • 10 Corr
  • 11 Straker (Payne - 73' )
  • 14 Hurst

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 05 Phillips
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 18 Leonard
  • 21 Payne
  • 23 Thompson
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 2,144

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

5 4

Corners

9 5

Fouls

5 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Torquay United 1, Southend United 0.

90:00 +3:13 Full time

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

90:00 +2:35

Attempt saved. Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +1:37

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Kevan Hurst.

90:00 +1:22

Attempt blocked. Damien Mozika (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:46

John Marquis (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:46

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

87:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Elliot Benyon replaces Jordan Chapell.

84:27

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

82:50

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:24

Attempt blocked. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

77:17

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

72:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Jack Payne replaces Anthony Straker.

72:24

Jak McCourt (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:24

Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

66:35

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

65:07

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

65:07

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:41

Attempt blocked. John Marquis (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

62:01

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

60:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Conor Clifford.

58:08

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

55:26

Foul by Damien Mozika (Torquay United).

55:26

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

54:45

Attempt missed. Thomas Cruise (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

53:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Ryan Leonard replaces Marc Laird.

52:30

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

52:17

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

51:59

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

51:11

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Michael Timlin.

50:52

Damien Mozika (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:52

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

49:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 1, Southend United 0. John Marquis (Torquay United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy Bodin.

48:41

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

47:31

Attempt saved. Damien Mozika (Torquay United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

46:16

Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

46:16

John Marquis (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:57

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Michael Poke.

45:40

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Torquay United 0, Southend United 0.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Torquay United 0, Southend United 0.

45:00 +0:42

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

43:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:51

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ben Coker.

41:03

Damien Mozika (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:03

Foul by John White (Southend United).

39:12

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

34:09

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Michael Poke.

33:45

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

33:07

Hand ball by Damien Mozika (Torquay United).

31:10

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

31:10

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:32

Attempt missed. Damien Mozika (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

28:43

Aaron Downes (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:43

Foul by Robert Kiernan (Southend United).

28:25

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Thomas Cruise.

27:50

Attempt saved. Aaron Downes (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

27:26

Hand ball by Anthony Straker (Southend United).

26:56

Attempt saved. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

26:00

John Marquis (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:54

Foul by Robert Kiernan (Southend United).

24:04

Foul by John White (Southend United).

24:04

Thomas Cruise (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:48

Attempt blocked. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:10

Dangerous play by Damien Mozika (Torquay United).

23:10

Luke Prosser (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:53

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

22:42

Attempt blocked. Lee Mansell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:11

Damien Mozika (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:11

Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

18:55

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Damien Mozika.

18:48

Attempt blocked. Marc Laird (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

17:31

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

14:56

Attempt missed. Marc Laird (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

12:54

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ben Coker.

9:57

Attempt missed. Damien Mozika (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

4:00

Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:57

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers