Corner kicks are always greeted with a thunderous roar. They bring hope, however hopeless they actually prove to be.
Statistically, corners are football’s least effective set-piece and are in a worrying state of decline. Since 2000, across Europe’s big-five leagues, they have led to a goal just 3.3 percent of the time.
4 in 10 corners don’t clear the first man, 16 percent result in an attempt on goal, just 7 percent end up on target and, perhaps most damningly, only one in every hundred leads directly to a goal.
Arguably the biggest casualty of the Premier League era is the corner.