dig deepWhat is the meaning of the phrase ‘(to) dig deep’ in football?

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(to) dig deep

To dig deep is a phrase which means a player of a team has to try their hardest to either defend against their opponent to avoid defeat or to go on the attack and win the game. Either way, it involves courage and looking for extra reserves of energy. Now, in the first weekend’s action we talked about Hull and Leicester and in that game, Hull dug deep to defend their lead and bagged three points against the champions, Leicester. To dig deep.

  • Example: The team dug deep to hold on to the victory.
  • Example: Harry Kane recently told Sky Sports that he would have to dig deep to retain his England place.

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