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Football Shout-out: Missing Chances

Football Shout-out: Missing Chances

Welcome to Football Shout-out from Premier Skills English, where we talk about the language you need when watching a match. Whether you are a super fan or an armchair supporter you won't be able to avoid football on TV this summer. In Football Shout-out, Jack and Rich present useful language to shout at the TV screen when watching a match with or without friends! In this episode, they look at some words and phrases that fans shout when an opposition player or someone on their own team misses a chance. Do you know what 'couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo' means?

Transcript

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen and read the transcript at the same time.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

Jack: Hello and welcome to Premier Skills English - Football Shout-out 

Rich: Football shoutout is the series that teaches you the language you need when you’re watching the game.

Jack: Hi everybody my name’s Jack 

Rich: and my name’s Rich and welcome to our latest Football Shout-out where we talk about the English you need when you’re watching football.

Jack: If you listened to our last lesson, you will remember this:

Rich: Come on! We need to get the ball off them. Get stuck in!

Jack: That’s it! Good tackle. You’ve got time. Pass it. Pass it! Man on! Ohh. Straight into touch. Come on?!

Rich: We need to keep hold of the ball.

Jack: We need to get it in the box. There’s only a couple of minutes left.

Rich: That’s it. Down the line. Go on skin him. That’s it, go on ... cross it!

Jack: Go on. Have a pop! Goal!! Get in!! 

Rich: We need to hold on to this. Here they come. Get rid of it!! Get it out!

Jack: That’s it. Take it to the corner. That should do. Referee! Come on! That’s got to be it (final whistle sounds - crowd cheers)

Rich: Our last lesson was all about what we shout at our own players when watching a game. If you haven’t heard the lesson, there is a link on the side of this page for you to go back and listen and learn lots of instructions that we scream at our own players during a match.

Jack: This lesson is all about what we shout when we see a player miss a chance.

Rich: You might have heard some expressions like What a miss! And that was close before. In this podcast, we’re going to look at some expressions that might be new for you.

Jack: The phrases and expressions we use often depend on whether it’s our player that has missed a chance or a player on the other side!

Rich: But more often we use the same phrases, we might just be a bit softer when it’s our own player.  Listen to this:

Jack: Go on! Have a shot!

Rich: Unlucky! Against the post!

Jack: Hold on! He’s gone round the keeper. Oh no! What a sitter! I can’t believe he’s missed that.

Rich: My nan could do better than that and she’s 83!

Jack: He’s got to be putting chances like that away. That’s three he’s missed.

Rich: He couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo this afternoon!

Jack: Penalty!

Rich: Oh no. Look who’s taking it! He hit the last one straight at the keeper!

Jack: Here we go! Oh no! He’s skyed it.

Rich: I can’t believe he’s fluffed another one. That’s miles off target. 

Jack: I think we might have to settle for a draw today. We couldn’t score in a month of Sundays.

Rich: We’ve definitely not got our scoring boots on today.

Jack: Every striker misses chances. Why do you think we are surprised when a player doesn’t score?

Rich: I don’t know. We expect our strikers to score every time, but they never do. Do you know who was the most clinical striker in the Premier League last season?

Jack: Nope.

Rich: It was West Ham’s Mexican striker, Javier Hernandez who scored with 27% of his shots.

Jack: So, everybody misses. In fact, players miss more often than they score or the goalkeeper makes a save.

Rich: And, sometimes players miss sitters, too.

Jack: A sitter. A really easy chance to score. When a player misses an easy chance you can say ‘What a sitter!’.

Rich: I guess we call a sitter a sitter because the chance or opportunity is so easy you could score while sitting on the floor.

Jack: You could also say ‘what a chance’ or ‘what a miss’ when a player misses an easy chance to score.

Rich: In the roleplay, Jack said I can’t believe he missed that. 

Jack: This is when we get lots more expressions - talking about how you feel about the miss or the player that missed. 

Rich: If it’s your player that has missed you might say something like ‘he’s got to be putting chances like that away’ or ‘he should have buried that’. Both of these mean he should have scored and show disappointment and frustration more than anything else. 

Jack: But we use some phrases to insult or make fun of the player a little. Rich said my nan could do better than that - nan is an informal word for grandmother. He also said he couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo. Where did you hear that?

Rich: I can’t remember, but it’s funny. It means you can’t do something that is really easy to do - score a sitter. I’ve only ever heard this expression connected to football and strikers who miss chances. 

Jack: It’s not only sitters that players miss though and there are other ways to describe misses.

Rich: A shot can be ‘miles off target’ or you can say ‘that’s nowhere near’ or ‘that’s well wide’.

Jack: You get lots of expressions when a player misses a penalty, too. If a player hits the ball over the crossbar you can say he’s skied it.

Rich: Or another two are that’s straight at the keeper or that’s straight down the keeper’s throat. This means that the player kicked the penalty down the middle to the goalkeeper.

Jack: My favourite is more general and it’s the verb to fluff which means to make a mess of a chance. You can say oh no he’s fluffed another one if he’s your player or if he’s on the other side you might say he’s fluffed that up.

Rich: We’ll look at these phrases and a few more in the lesson which you can find below this podcast.

Jack: Listen again. Do you understand everything now?

Jack: Go on! Have a shot!

Rich: Unlucky! Against the post!

Jack: Hold on! He’s gone round the keeper. Oh no! What a sitter! I can’t believe he’s missed that.

Rich: My nan could do better than that and she’s 83!

Jack: He’s got to be putting chances like that away. That’s three he’s missed.

Rich: He couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo this afternoon!

Jack: Penalty!

Rich: Oh no. Look who’s taking it! He hit the last one straight at the keeper!

Jack: Here we go! Oh no! He’s skyed it.

Rich: I can’t believe he’s fluffed another one. That’s miles off target. 

Jack: I think we might have to settle for a draw today. We couldn’t score in a month of Sundays.

Rich: We’ve definitely not got our scoring boots on today.

Jack: So, there are a few expressions you can use when a player misses a chance. 

Rich: We’ve got some activities to help you remember the phrases that we’ve been speaking about in the lesson below this podcast.

Jack: We’ll be back soon with our next football English lesson, which will be about phrases football fans use when their team is losing.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Language

Missed Chances

Every striker misses chances. Why do you think we are surprised when a player doesn’t score? We expect our strikers to score every time, but they never do. The language we use to describe a missed chance depends on whether it was an easy chance to score, or if it was missed by a player on our team or missed by an opposition player. Take a look at these phrases from the podcast. Do you think we would use these about an opponent or our own player and do you think it was an easy or difficult chance that was missed?

Unlucky. Against the post!

What a sitter! I can't believe he's missed that!

That's miles off target!

My nan could do better than that!

Of course, all of the phrases can be used to speak about your own players and opponents, everything depends on the context of the match but some phrases are more supportive than others. You are much more likely to shout 'unlucky' to your own player than 'my nan could do better than that' which you might shout at an opponent who has missed an easy chance.

Words and Phrases

Easy Chances

In the listening, Rich and Jack spoke about the language we use when players miss a chance or opportunity to score. Sometimes players miss an easy chance to score and you heard Jack and Rich use these phrases:

He's got to be putting chances like that away. That's three he's missed.

What a sitter! I can't believe he's missed that!

He hit the last one straight at the keeper.

Oh no! He's skyed it!

He couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo!

All of these phrases are used to describe a player who has missed an easy chance to score. Let's look at each phrase in a bit more detail:

  1. to put a chance away = to score a goal
  2. what a sitter = a very easy chance, usually a chance that is very close to the goal
  3. straight at the keeper = a player that shoots the ball directly to the goalkeeper, often a penalty
  4. to sky it = to hit the ball over the crossbar, usually a penalty or a shot from close to the goal
  5. he couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo = to describe a striker who is having a bad day and missing lots of chances

Do you know any other phrases connected to missing easy chances?

All of us can miss easy chances sometimes!

Difficult Chances

Sometimes players miss more difficult chances to score. When a player misses a difficult chance, fans are probably more supportive if it's their own player. If it's an opponent, fans probably express relief that they didn't score. Here are some phrases that are used when a player misses a difficult chance: 

Unlucky! Against the post.

That was close!

Good effort!

That could have gone anywhere!

All of these phrases are usually used to describe a player who has missed a more difficult chance to score. Let's look at each phrase in a bit more detail:

  1. Unlucky! = usuallly used to support a player that nearly scored a difficult chance but can also be used sarcastically to shout at an opponent
  2. That was close! = describes a shot that goes near the goal
  3. Good effort! = a good attempt at goal that deserved more
  4. That could have gone anywhere = a fortunate shot that nearly results in a goal; often used when a shot hits an opponent and the ball goes in a different direction (a deflection)

Do you know any other similar phrases?

Both Ronaldo and Messi missed from the spot during the group stages of the World Cup.

Task

Instructions for players

You are watching your team either at the stadium or on TV. Look at the situations below. Decide what you would shout in each situation. Use some of the phrases that Rich and Jack used in the podcast.

  1. A player on your team goes around the goalkeeper but then hits the ball over the top of the goal.
  2. An opponent falls over the ball at the moment he is about to shoot into an empty net.
  3. An opponent hits a volley from 25 metres against the post.
  4. A player on your team goes past three defenders, hits the ball towards the top corner but the goalkeeper makes a good save.

Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Can you think of any more situations to use the language in this podcast?

The answers to the quiz below are all words that Rich and Jack used in the roleplay. Can you remember what they said?

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What do you think?

Were any of these phrases new for you?

Can you tell us any other phrases that you can shout at players who miss chances? Please keep it clean!

Write your answers in the comments section below and don't forget to write your answers to the task we have given you in the section above.

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Comments

daniele
16/07/2018
BO
226
points

Yes, it was.
I don't know.
They are good.


daniele
16/07/2018 16:56
Bolivia
Manchester United
226

Yes, it was.
I don't know.
They are good.

Edu1603
16/07/2018
BO
612
points

All of these phrases were new for me.
Yes, I can. As my teacher said "Shame". xD


Edu1603
16/07/2018 02:02
Bolivia
Chelsea
612

All of these phrases were new for me.
Yes, I can. As my teacher said "Shame". xD

mariasilvia21
15/07/2018
BO
303
points

All the phrases were new for me thanks for teach us!


mariasilvia21
15/07/2018 23:39
Bolivia
Chelsea
303

All the phrases were new for me thanks for teach us!

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admin
15/07/2018
GB
334
points

You're welcome MariaSilvia21

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


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admin
15/07/2018 23:41
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

You're welcome MariaSilvia21

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

MariamRA
15/07/2018
BO
590
points

Yes, they were.
No, I can't. I don't know more of them.


MariamRA
15/07/2018 23:22
Bolivia
Manchester United
590

Yes, they were.
No, I can't. I don't know more of them.

gabriel99salvatierra
15/07/2018
BO
288
points

1. some of them
2. i dont know


gabriel99salvatierra
15/07/2018 20:49
Bolivia
Everton
288

1. some of them
2. i dont know

CarlaC18
14/07/2018
BO
554
points

all these phrases were new for me... thanks for that.


CarlaC18
14/07/2018 23:32
Bolivia
Chelsea
554

all these phrases were new for me... thanks for that.

Bambimey
14/07/2018
BO
515
points

thanks for the new information it was exciting.


Bambimey
14/07/2018 06:49
Bolivia
Chelsea
515

thanks for the new information it was exciting.

Ashly
14/07/2018
BO
616
points

If these phrases were new to me
My nan could do better than that!!


Ashly
14/07/2018 01:22
Bolivia
Swansea City
616

If these phrases were new to me
My nan could do better than that!!

deniss99
13/07/2018
BO
-1991
points

Yes, these phrases were new for me, for example : What a sitter !!!!


deniss99
13/07/2018 21:26
Bolivia
Manchester United
-1991

Yes, these phrases were new for me, for example : What a sitter !!!!

khaibit Anez
13/07/2018
BO
354
points

-All phrases are new for me .
-My nan could do better that that!!!


khaibit Anez
13/07/2018 11:17
Bolivia
Manchester United
354

-All phrases are new for me .
-My nan could do better that that!!!

Paola GV
12/07/2018
BO
-1965
points

Yes, these phrases were new for me.
-That was close!


Paola GV
12/07/2018 22:26
Bolivia
Chelsea
-1965

Yes, these phrases were new for me.
-That was close!

jafetkevinbarra
12/07/2018
BO
501
points

Yes, It was new for me.


jafetkevinbarra
12/07/2018 06:20
Bolivia
Manchester United
501

Yes, It was new for me.

milos
10/07/2018
RS
1786
points

1.What a sitter! I can't believe he's missed that!
2.My nan could do better than that!
3.That's miles off target!
4.Good effort!


milos
10/07/2018 06:29
Serbia
Manchester United
1786

1.What a sitter! I can't believe he's missed that!
2.My nan could do better than that!
3.That's miles off target!
4.Good effort!

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Vanesa Vega
10/07/2018
MX
413
points

Yes, each phrase was new for me!
1)Good effort!
2)That was close!
3) He couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo.
4) Unlucky! against the post


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Vanesa Vega
10/07/2018 04:29
Mexico
AFC Bournemouth
413

Yes, each phrase was new for me!
1)Good effort!
2)That was close!
3) He couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo.
4) Unlucky! against the post

nando
09/07/2018
BO
466
points

yes all phrases are new for me
No, I can't


nando
09/07/2018 20:04
Bolivia
Manchester United
466

yes all phrases are new for me
No, I can't

Merian Ivette
09/07/2018
BO
462
points

1.- No, i don’t know.
2.- No, i don’t know.
3.-Yes, they were.
4.-No, i can’t.


Merian Ivette
09/07/2018 01:21
Bolivia
Manchester United
462

1.- No, i don’t know.
2.- No, i don’t know.
3.-Yes, they were.
4.-No, i can’t.

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acicala
08/07/2018
ES
824
points

1. That’s impossible! I must be dreaming!
2. He slipped at the worst time. I can’t believe it!
3. We’re lucky, that was a great shot!
4. Good effort! That action deserved more.


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acicala
08/07/2018 15:26
Spain
Chelsea
824

1. That’s impossible! I must be dreaming!
2. He slipped at the worst time. I can’t believe it!
3. We’re lucky, that was a great shot!
4. Good effort! That action deserved more.

Richard J
06/07/2018
EC
524
points

1)What a sitter
2)My nan could do better than that and she's 83
3)That was too close
4)Good effort


Richard J
06/07/2018 23:23
Ecuador
Liverpool
524

1)What a sitter
2)My nan could do better than that and she's 83
3)That was too close
4)Good effort

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sofipedraza3
06/07/2018
BO
451
points

1-Disaster!He's skyed it.That's well wide.
2-Unlucky!
3-He's fluff that's up.
4-That was close!


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sofipedraza3
06/07/2018 00:57
Bolivia
Manchester United
451

1-Disaster!He's skyed it.That's well wide.
2-Unlucky!
3-He's fluff that's up.
4-That was close!

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Josias Guanoluisa
06/07/2018
EC
501
points

Well, all these phrases are new to me.
I do not know any sentence, since I do not know much about soccer, but with this program I am learning!
I chose option number 3:
Go! .Come on !! .. Get in! .. you can, shoot! ....... Unlucky! Against the post ... is it really? My nan could do better than that!


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Josias Guanoluisa
06/07/2018 00:40
Ecuador
Manchester United
501

Well, all these phrases are new to me.
I do not know any sentence, since I do not know much about soccer, but with this program I am learning!
I chose option number 3:
Go! .Come on !! .. Get in! .. you can, shoot! ....... Unlucky! Against the post ... is it really? My nan could do better than that!

Belensaa
04/07/2018
BO
702
points

There were a lot of new phrases for me.


Belensaa
04/07/2018 19:39
Bolivia
Manchester City
702

There were a lot of new phrases for me.

VeritoCBA
01/07/2018
BO
320
points

Yes, for example this phrase was new for me He skyed it over the crossbar.
Unlucky! too easy for him.
Good effort. We will succeed next time.
You need to win in this game.. We are the champios.. We can do it


VeritoCBA
01/07/2018 23:46
Bolivia
Liverpool
320

Yes, for example this phrase was new for me He skyed it over the crossbar.
Unlucky! too easy for him.
Good effort. We will succeed next time.
You need to win in this game.. We are the champios.. We can do it

Coldfront
01/07/2018
PE
195
points

Yes, I really appreciate this program


Coldfront
01/07/2018 16:40
Peru
Liverpool
195

Yes, I really appreciate this program

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F.Babiker
01/07/2018
SD
45
points

1-Disaster!He's skyed it.That's well wide.
2-Unlucky!
3-He's fluff that's up.
4-That was close!


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F.Babiker
01/07/2018 15:10
Sudan
Liverpool
45

1-Disaster!He's skyed it.That's well wide.
2-Unlucky!
3-He's fluff that's up.
4-That was close!

rthiago
01/07/2018
GB
62
points

"We definitely haven't got our scoring best on today." Is that correct? I do not know this answer.


rthiago
01/07/2018 12:23
United Kingdom
Liverpool
62

"We definitely haven't got our scoring best on today." Is that correct? I do not know this answer.

anhduongspurs
01/07/2018
VN
1043
points

Jack or Rich, could you make for me international ranking,so I know my position in my country.
Thank for your help


anhduongspurs
01/07/2018 05:09
Vietnam
Tottenham Hotspur
1043

Jack or Rich, could you make for me international ranking,so I know my position in my country.
Thank for your help

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Rich
02/07/2018
ES
364
points

Hi anhduongspurs

What do you mean exactly?

If you click your username, you can see that you are in 36th position overall and Iceland are in 42nd place.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
02/07/2018 16:08
Spain
Liverpool
364

Hi anhduongspurs

What do you mean exactly?

If you click your username, you can see that you are in 36th position overall and Iceland are in 42nd place.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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elghoul
30/06/2018
DZ
2804
points

1. He skyed it over the crossbar.

2. Unlucky! too easy for him.

3. Good effort. We will succeed next time.

4. Today they have not their scoring boots on.

4. 


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elghoul
30/06/2018 07:42
Algeria
Arsenal
2804

1. He skyed it over the crossbar.

2. Unlucky! too easy for him.

3. Good effort. We will succeed next time.

4. Today they have not their scoring boots on.

4. 

Leo Great
29/06/2018
CN
608
points

Sir, is it skyed or skied in your tapescript?


Leo Great
29/06/2018 07:04
China
Liverpool
608

Sir, is it skyed or skied in your tapescript?

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Looking forward to listening to it, but unfortunately, can't see any download link. :)


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018 21:08
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Looking forward to listening to it, but unfortunately, can't see any download link. :)

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Rich
28/06/2018
ES
364
points

I keep doing that, don't I?

Enjoy!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
28/06/2018 00:20
Spain
Liverpool
364

I keep doing that, don't I?

Enjoy!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
29/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Yeah, you do, and it's a little bit funny that you continue doing it despite claiming to have listed the download link in the podcast checklist!! Have you really done that teacher, Rich?

Anyway, the good thing is that the link won't take long time to be thrown in. Thanks for that teacher.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
29/06/2018 07:52
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Yeah, you do, and it's a little bit funny that you continue doing it despite claiming to have listed the download link in the podcast checklist!! Have you really done that teacher, Rich?

Anyway, the good thing is that the link won't take long time to be thrown in. Thanks for that teacher.

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