hold possession

See: occupy, remain
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And truly, they were as sturdy and bluff a pair of boots as one would wish to see; as firmly planted on the ground as if their owner's legs and feet had been in them; and seeming, with their broad soles and blunt toes, to hold possession of their place by main force.
The clean sheet against Wigan was a big thing, because it's been a long time coming, but we struggled to hold possession.
Just 1:28 into OT, opportunity struck again as Worcester turned it over but Grafton couldn't hold possession.
They seemed doomed to a heavy defeat when they trailed 15-3 five minutes after the restart, but they started to hold possession, build the phases, cut out the soft penalties, and were rewarded with a fine win.
Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim's decision to field Drogba and Sneijder in the second half helped his team push forward with more confidence and hold possession for longer.
Swansea's ability to hold possession, even against the big sides, is a huge attribute and it's bound to be a concern for the Valley Parade men.
While his assist numbers have not been special, he was the best player on the team in his ability to hold possession and dictate the tempo of the game.
but the away day cheer didn't last as City lost their way, unable to pass effectively to hold possession.
We will go out determined to hold possession, to move the ball and to go forward.
We are much more creative in the final third as well as being able to hold possession in midfield.
City were content to sit back and try and hit Chelsea on the counter and the second half saw Chelsea hold possession without getting through on goal.
We must hold possession because to give the ball to Wales means allowing their three-quarters that are very strong to make life difficult for us.