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."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White Booked
  • 03 Coker
  • 18 Leonard
  • 35 Sokolik Booked
  • 32 Egan
  • 14 Hurst
  • 08 Timlin (Murphy - 61' )
  • 09 Loza Booked (Laird - 83' )
  • 39 Barnard (Eastwood - 65' )
  • 12 Atkinson

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 04 Laird
  • 06 Prosser
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 11 Straker
  • 15 Murphy
  • 21 Payne

Torquay United

  • 13 Rice
  • 29 O'Connor Booked
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 08 Harding Booked
  • 05 Pearce
  • 04 Downes
  • 11 Cameron Booked (Chapell - 74' )
  • 07 Mansell
  • 09 Hawley (Yeoman - 85' )
  • 19 Stockley Booked (Coulthirst - 60' )
  • 10 Bodin

Substitutes

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Tonge
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 12 Chapell
  • 14 Yeoman
  • 26 Benyon
  • 27 Coulthirst
Ref: Scott Mathieson
Att: 6,556

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

3 0

Corners

5 3

Fouls

11 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +5:39 Full time

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

90:00 +5:33

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

90:00 +4:00

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

90:00 +3:58

Foul by Ben Harding (Torquay United).

90:00 +2:53

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

90:00 +1:12

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).

90:00 +1:12

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

89:30

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ben Harding.

89:00

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

88:18

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

86:41

Foul by Jacob Murphy (Southend United).

86:41

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

84:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Ashley Yeoman replaces Karl Hawley.

84:12

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

83:45

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ben Coker.

82:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Marc Laird replaces Jamar Loza.

82:04

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

81:22

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

81:22

Foul by Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United).

79:00 Booking

Booking Jamar Loza (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

79:00

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:56

Foul by Jamar Loza (Southend United).

76:56

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

76:11

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Jakub Sokolik.

73:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Courtney Cameron.

72:45 Booking

Booking Ben Harding (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

72:41

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

72:41

Foul by Ben Harding (Torquay United).

71:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southend United 1, Torquay United 0. Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Coker with a cross.

70:17 Booking

Booking Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

70:09

Jamar Loza (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:09

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

67:42

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

64:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Lee Barnard.

63:38

Foul by Jamar Loza (Southend United).

63:38

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:20

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).

61:20

Martin Rice (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Jacob Murphy replaces Michael Timlin.

60:40

Jamar Loza (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:40

Foul by Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United).

59:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Shaquile Coulthirst replaces Jayden Stockley.

58:49

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

58:49

Foul by Karl Hawley (Torquay United).

58:00

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

57:55

Foul by Jamar Loza (Southend United).

57:27

John Egan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:27

Foul by Karl Hawley (Torquay United).

56:45

Attempt missed. Lee Barnard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:09

John White (Southend United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

54:54

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Martin Rice.

54:41

Attempt saved. Lee Barnard (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:00

Jamar Loza (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:57

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

51:16

Jamar Loza (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:16

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

49:52

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

49:05 Booking

Booking Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

48:32 Booking

Booking John White (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

47:50 Booking

Booking Jakub Sokolik (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

46:35

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).

46:35

Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Southend United 0, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +3:35 Half time

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

45:00 +3:26

Attempt saved. Michael Timlin (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00 +1:04

Attempt missed. John White (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

43:26

Attempt blocked. Ben Coker (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:34

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

42:34

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

40:26

Attempt missed. Lee Barnard (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

39:13

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

39:13

Foul by Courtney Cameron (Torquay United).

38:10

Attempt missed. Will Atkinson (Southend United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

37:06

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

37:06

Billy Bodin (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:23 Booking

Booking Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

30:40

Jamar Loza (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:40

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

28:46

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

28:46

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

27:13

Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:13

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

23:06

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

23:06

Foul by Courtney Cameron (Torquay United).

21:02

Attempt missed. John White (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

19:18

Attempt missed. Jakub Sokolik (Southend United) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

18:42

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

15:54

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

15:54

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

13:18

Hand ball by Jamar Loza (Southend United).

13:04

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

12:47

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

12:04

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).

12:04

Karl Hawley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:37

Attempt missed. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

8:48

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

8:48

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

2:24

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

0:22

Attempt missed. Jamar Loza (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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