In this post we explain the phrase ‘to sit the keeper down‘ which is used to describe a piece of skill from a forward player. If you have questions or comments, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Football Language: To sit the keeper down
When a player is through on goal and is one on one with the goalkeeper, that is only the keeper to beat, he or she has a couple of options: hit it hard and early, dink the ball over the keeper – a way of lifting the ball over the keeper – or dribble around the goalkeeper. This last one involves skill, timing, confidence and technique. The forward might shimmy or dummy to go one way and then go the other – maybe by dropping his or her shoulder – and if this happens the confused goalkeeper may fall to the ground and not be able to stop the ball. Sometimes when this happens we say that the keeper has been sat down by the attacker, that the attacker has sat the keeper down.
In a recent Premier League fixture between Watford and Chelsea, the Blues Belgian striker Eden Hazard took the ball around the Watford keeper to open the scoring. The Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster ended up sitting down as the Chelsea forward scored – he sat the keeper down.