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.
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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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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.
As a back-line, it's our triumph to keep a clean sheet - it's what we strive for," the goalkeeper says.
Everton are 9/2 with Paddy Power and Winner to keep a clean sheet, 11/10 with Ladbrokes for a first half shutout and 6/4 with the same bookies not to concede after the break.
If you keep a clean sheet then it certainly gives you that base to go and win a game.
READING 0 NORWICH 0 READING goalkeeper Adam Federici was pleased to keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw Norwich to mark his return to the Royals' starting line-up.
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.
We are pretty strong to keep a clean sheet against them.
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.
VILLA have now failed to keep a clean sheet for 20 games - and Paul Lambert wants a shutout when their survival scrap stops off at Stoke this weekend.
It's always nice when the team is defending well and we keep a clean sheet," he said.
To achieve that feat, the Dutchman would need to keep a clean sheet at Upton Park and to successfully protect his goal for the majority of United's Premier League home match with Blackburn in a fortnight.
We said at half-time, that if we could keep a clean sheet, we could sneak a goal.
I want to keep a clean sheet in every game I play," said the 28-yearold, who is on a seasonlong loan from Blues.
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