League Two
Southend1Torquay0

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:

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Post-match: Southend boss Brown

"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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Southend United 1, Torquay United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Torquay United 0.
Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ben Harding (Torquay United).
Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Southend United).
Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ben Harding.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Mansell.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Lee Mansell.
Foul by Jacob Murphy (Southend United).
Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Ashley Yeoman replaces Karl Hawley.
Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Marc Laird replaces Jamar Loza.
Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rochdale40228102574
2Scunthorpe40181842472
3Chesterfield40191382670
4Fleetwood40198131165
5Burton4017149565
6Southend401514111259
7Oxford Utd40151411859
8York40151411859
9Plymouth39151014055
10Dag & Red40131512154
11Cheltenham40121513-751
12Mansfield40121414-1050
13Hartlepool40131017049
14Accrington40121315-249
15Newport39121314-449
16Wimbledon40121216-648
17Morecambe40121216-1348
18Bury39101712247
19Exeter40121117-447
20Bristol Rovers39111315-746
21Portsmouth40101515-1645
22Wycombe40101317-943
23Northampton4091318-2140
24Torquay409922-2336
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