Southend's poor home form continued with a 1-1 draw against struggling Torquay at Roots Hall and Paul Sturrock feels not having a settled starting line-up is to blame.

Freddy Eastwood's early opener for the Shrimpers was cancelled out by Gulls midfielder Joss Labadie on the stroke of half-time to make it six home games without a win for Paul Sturrock's side.

"We're making three, four or five changes each week and that's costing us," said Sturrock. "Before this game we had players failing fitness tests and other phoning in sick and we ended up picking a back four we've never had before.

"It's not ideal because a successful team is normally a settled one and that's something we haven't been able to get recently.

"But saying that I thought we got the reaction we wanted if not the result out there."

Gulls boss Alan Knill felt his team could have picked up a vital three points.

"It was an excellent battling performance but if I'm honest I'm disappointed it wasn't three points," said Knill.

"We had the opportunities here but on the whole the performance was as good as I've had since I've been in charge here.

"The players are so committed and we looked a threat and as long as we have got that it gives us a great chance to stay up.

"Southend are in my opinion one of the best teams in the league and no one gave us any hope to get a result here."