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Torquay United 1-0 Southend United

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:

"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."

Line-ups

Torquay

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Poke
  • 2Tonge
  • 21Cruise
  • 7Mansell
  • 4Downes
  • 29O'Connor
  • 12ChapellSubstituted forBenyonat 88'minutes
  • 17McCourt
  • 16Marquis
  • 36Mozika
  • 10Bodin

Substitutes

  • 5Pearce
  • 9Hawley
  • 11Cameron
  • 13Rice
  • 20Craig
  • 26Benyon
  • 31Sullivan

Southend

Formation 4-3-3

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 8Timlin
  • 6Prosser
  • 15Kiernan
  • 4LairdSubstituted forLeonardat 54'minutes
  • 16CliffordSubstituted forEastwoodat 61'minutes
  • 10Corr
  • 11StrakerSubstituted forPayneat 73'minutes
  • 14Hurst

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 5Phillips
  • 7Eastwood
  • 12Atkinson
  • 18Leonard
  • 21Payne
  • 23Thompson
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
2,144

Match Stats

Home TeamTorquayAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Torquay United 1, Southend United 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Kevan Hurst.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Elliot Benyon replaces Jordan Chapell.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Jack Payne replaces Anthony Straker.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Oxford Utd20107332161637
2Chesterfield20106429171236
3Fleetwood2011273425935
4Newport209742921834
5Scunthorpe209742722534
6Burton2010462421334
7Southend2010372518733
8Rochdale2010372927233
9Morecambe219572728-132
10Dag & Red208662925430
11Exeter208572727029
12Wimbledon207672324-127
13Cheltenham216962731-427
14Hartlepool207582322126
15Wycombe206682527-224
16Plymouth206591421-723
17Mansfield205782126-522
18Portsmouth205782734-722
19Bury204882225-320
20York204882428-420
21Accrington2055102027-720
22Bristol Rovers204791722-519
23Northampton2046101625-918
24Torquay2046102133-1218
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