Steady the ship/tails are up
What's the meaninf of the phrases "steady the ship" and "tails are up" in this match report?
West Ham have to steady the ship
Brentford's tails are up and Mbeumo plays a pass for Onyeka in the right channel. His low cross is a teasing one and Coufal does well to shepherd it away from danger at the far stick.
An offside flag was up against Onyeka, but Brentford are looking dangerous.
1. To steady the ship means to try and keep things running smoothly especially after a bad moment or episode. So, in football if a team are under pressure or maybe they have conceded a goal they sometimes need a moment to calm things down and re-group. In this example, West Ham have been under pressure and they need to make sure that the game does not go away from them.
2. If a team has their tails up it means they are in a very good moment in the game, they are playing well and are confident.
Thansk a lot, Damian.