In this football language post we look at the phrase ‘backs against the wall‘ when used in football. You can read a transcript for this post below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at email@example.com.
Backs to the wall
If a team has their backs to the wall it means they are in a difficult situation, and they need to defend desperately. When a team is under real pressure from an opposing team we can say that they have their backs to (or against) the wall.
Example: That was proven in their stunningly effective, backs-to-the-wall performance at Anfield on Saturday evening (Goal.com August 29 2021)
Example: Allardyce praise for West Ham’s backs to the wall defending (Cityam.com 16 December 2012)