keep a clean sheet

keep a clean sheet

In sports, especially football (soccer), to win a game or series of games without allowing the opposing side to score any points. Primarily heard in UK. The team has kept a clean sheet for the last three games in a row. I don't think anyone can score against them! It's the first time in her career that the goalie has kept a clean sheet in a championship match.
See also: clean, keep, sheet
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keep a clean sheet

(in a football match) prevent the opposing side from scoring.
See also: clean, keep, sheet
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sell the Marcos Rojo It is almost impossible to keep a clean sheet, even with our phenomenal goalkeeper Jose Mourinho
He added: "My main aim is to go into every game and try to keep a clean sheet for the team.
"We did well against Brighton to keep a clean sheet but did not manage to score - but we created plenty on Monday and definitely deserved to win the game."
"But as long as I contribute to those clean sheets, we are always in the game if we keep a clean sheet, so I don't know about the goals, but I will keep trying."
"But it is another important three points, a great clean sheet again, one goal always wins the game if you keep a clean sheet, like we have always said, and we keep ourselves in there going into the next game."
He said: "As a back four and a goalkeeper we always want to keep a clean sheet. We did have a spell at one time where we were record-holders at this club for clean sheets.
He said: "It was good to keep a clean sheet, we could have been 3-0 with 15 minutes to go and they didn't give up.
The Gateshead side were leading thanks to Andy Davidson's early opener and Boyle managed to keep a clean sheet for over half an hour - then Town substitute Connor Andrews struck twice in four minutes.
"If you keep a clean sheet then it certainly gives you that base to go and win a game."
That tells you how close we are and generally we have been scoring a lot of goals so it is good to keep a clean sheet but unusual for us not to score.
West Brom have scored first in six of their seven Premier League meetings with Wigan Everton have won their last five home games in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in their last four None of the last 16 meetings between Spurs and Bolton in all competitions have been won by the away team Leicester have kept five clean sheets in six previous away FA Cup sixth-round games, conceding just one in the other 0/**Stoke have failed to win any of their 49 top-flight games at Anfield Wolves have failed to keep a clean sheet in 25 Premier League outings Dundee haven't been beaten for ten games on the road in Scottish Division One.
"We have to get into the games with the idea of keeping a clean sheet because when you keep a clean sheet you give yourself a chance to win.
It was chaos at the back and an institutional inability to keep a clean sheet.
And Nelson said: "It was certainly good to keep a clean sheet today, as it was my first since the game against Queen of the South way back in August.
"But it is another important three points, a great clean sheet again, one goal always wins the game if you keep a clean sheet, and we keep ourselves in there going into the next game."
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