Torquay slumped to the bottom of League Two despite ending a three-match losing streak by rescuing a draw against play-off chasing Burton.

Left-back Damien McCrory fired the Brewers ahead after 33 minutes with a fierce drive from just inside the box.

Gulls midfielder Ben Harding crossed for Elliot Benyon to dive full length to head home seven minutes later.

United goalkeeper Michael Poke made a brilliant point-blank save to deny Burton's Dominic Knowles a winner.

Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"To travel four and a half hours on a coach on the day of the game and then to ask the players to play how you'd want them to play is never easy, especially on the back of two other away trips.

"We changed the system because I just thought we needed to try something different to see if we could freshen things up and get the lads to pass the ball a little bit more.

"After we got the goal, I thought that was it. The way we've played recently and the way we defend, particularly with the formation we played, I really thought it was game over, so to concede the goal when we did, I thought was really, really sloppy and disappointing."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Torquay United

  • 01 Poke
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 08 Harding
  • 05 Pearce
  • 04 Downes
  • 23 Stevens (Bodin - 74' )
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 27 Wilkinson (Stockley - 59' )
  • 26 Benyon
  • 17 Goodwin (Chapell - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Tonge
  • 09 Hawley
  • 10 Bodin
  • 11 Cameron
  • 12 Chapell
  • 13 Rice
  • 19 Stockley

Burton Albion

  • 01 Lainton
  • 26 Gray
  • 14 McCrory
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 06 Sharps Booked
  • 02 Edwards
  • 08 Weir
  • 23 Palmer
  • 09 Alexander (Kee - 55' )
  • 20 McGurk (Knowles - 55' )
  • 19 Ismail (MacDonald - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Bell
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 16 Lyness
  • 17 Phillips
  • 18 Knowles
  • 21 Holness
  • 29 Kee
Ref: Brendan Malone
Att: 1,583

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

3 4

Corners

4 6

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Torquay United 1, Burton Albion 1.

90:00 +3:49 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Torquay United 1, Burton Albion 1.

90:00 +3:25

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

90:00 +2:35

Ben Harding (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

90:00 +1:19

Attempt saved. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

89:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Zeli Ismail.

89:23

Attempt missed. Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

87:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Shamir Goodwin.

87:03

Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:03

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

85:30

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

85:11 Booking

Booking Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

85:00

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:50

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

82:52

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Aaron Downes.

82:36

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jayden Stockley.

81:48

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

81:48

Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:21

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:21

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

78:30

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

78:30

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:17

Attempt missed. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

77:11

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

77:11

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:02

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Aaron Downes.

74:04

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Kevin Nicholson.

73:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Billy Bodin replaces Danny Stevens.

70:55

Attempt saved. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

70:29

Attempt missed. Ben Harding (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

69:51

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

64:49

Attempt saved. Ben Harding (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:40

Attempt missed. Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

61:01

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

61:01

Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jayden Stockley replaces Conor Wilkinson.

57:42

Foul by David Gray (Burton Albion).

57:42

Ben Harding (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:33

Foul by David Gray (Burton Albion).

55:33

Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Billy Kee replaces Gary Alexander.

54:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Dominic Knowles replaces Adam McGurk.

51:53

Attempt missed. Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

51:20

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Shamir Goodwin.

50:00

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

49:22

Conor Wilkinson (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:22

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

46:50

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

46:50

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Torquay United 1, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Torquay United 1, Burton Albion 1.

44:42

Danny Stevens (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:42

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

42:33

Attempt missed. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

41:49

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Torquay United).

41:49

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:28

Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:28

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

40:41

Foul by Danny Stevens (Torquay United).

40:41

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 1, Burton Albion 1. Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Harding with a cross.

37:38

Attempt missed. Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

32:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 0, Burton Albion 1. Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Philip Edwards.

30:03

Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:03

Foul by David Gray (Burton Albion).

26:21

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Kevin Nicholson.

21:38

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

21:38

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:25

Attempt missed. Conor Wilkinson (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

14:48

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

10:37

Foul by Gary Alexander (Burton Albion).

10:37

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:20

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

10:20

Gary Alexander (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:20

Foul by David Gray (Burton Albion).

7:20

Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:21

Attempt saved. Gary Alexander (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:46

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

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