run the clock down

run the clock down

In sports, to protect a lead by using up as much possible time that remains in a game or match without giving the opposing team a chance to score, generally by maintaining a passive or defensive strategy. With just a narrow two-point lead, the home team has started to run the clock down to hold on for a win. It seems like a risky strategy, Jim. There's a lot of game time left for them to start running the clock down already.
See also: clock, down, run
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I would sooner have him run the clock down - but I'm not complaining now
Betts said: "I didn't want Danny to do it, I would sooner have him run the clock down, but I'm not complaining.
Crusaders attempted a one-pointer - Durbin slicing it wide - and repeatedly kicked into the corner as they looked to run the clock down.
Crusaders attempted a onepointer and repeatedly kicked into the corner as they looked to run the clock down.
But the Greek ace reiterated his love for Celtic and while he has taken no decision on his future, Samaras insists he would never down tools and simply run the clock down until he becomes a free agent.
Sherwood then replaced Bethan Lloyd with Hannah Daley and Cardiff were able to run the clock down to earn another deserved three points and to maintain second position in the league, just three points behind Gillingham Ladies.
We should have run the clock down and closed the game out.
Farrell missed a chance of his own to extend the lead out to beyond a converted try, but England were able to run the clock down without alarm as Ireland failed to create opportunities in testing conditions.
Charlie Morgan appeared to take part in the Capital One Cup semi-final between the Londoners and Swansea City with the intention to run the clock down.
It only left GB to hold their nerve and run the clock down.
Belichick reasoned the Giants would run the clock down and kick a short field goal, so he gambled by allowing the six points.
They made big decisions off their own back by kicking those last two penalties, and I have to admit I was shouting down at them to kick for the corner and run the clock down.
After taking a 1-0 lead against ten-man Real Madrid in this season's league game at the Bernabeu, however, Barcelona began to play negatively, passing the ball round with no purpose other than to run the clock down.
match foot back for Tempers flared shortly before the final whistle as Tranmere's players grew frustrated with County's repeated and cynical attempts to run the clock down.
Wycombe manager Gary Waddock said: "We got that vital goal and we were then able to run the clock down.