back foot

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back foot

n
on the back foot at a disadvantage; outmanoeuvred or outclassed by an opponent
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I was so pleased to see the lads go out and actually go at them as I was worried they were just going to try and defend it and play on the back foot for 90 minutes, like we did against Chelski in Cardiff.
The back foot is on the same side as the throwing hand to provide a strong base from which to hurl the ball long with authority.
Brora were on the back foot and only a good save by Michael Gray kept Beattie's effort out.
With just four minutes on the clock, Damien Duff's powder-puff shot was allowed to squirm through the goalie's arms and immediately put the Hammers on the back foot. Calamity James is seen by many as the man to succeed David Seaman as England No.1, but he proved once more at Ewood Park that he makes too many mistakes to be trusted at the highest level.
Boro were on the back foot from the off, though Forest did not score until early in the second half, Lolley (pictured right, celebrating) firing home after Daniel Ayala had been turned in the centre of the pitch by Daryl Murphy.
1 (ANI): Vikramaditya Singh, son of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, on Wednesday, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on the back foot in the state.
"Waggott was told from the bell he had to follow up with a very quick second-phase attack which he did well, putting Whiting on the back foot for most of the bout," said High Fell coach Michael Fitzpatrick.
"He keeps teams on the back foot and is a right handful.
Ambleside were always on the back foot due to some good fielding from Coventry University and could only score 88 all out in reply, C Garver with the best score with 21.
Strauss rocked onto the back foot to Nel, but his back foot trod on his stumps.
JACQUES Rudolph hit a century to put LV County Championship Division One leaders Somerset on the back foot against Yorkshire at Taunton.
The Cobblers are unbeaten away this season, but John Gorman's side have only earned one point at Sixfields - and once Pilkington scored from a Danny Whitaker corner, they were always on the back foot.