Norwich City full-back Max Aarons insists he and his teammates are desperate to show a positive reaction from last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Friday’s game against Leicester City the first chance to do so.
“It’s been a real learning curve,” he said, discussing his Premier League season so far. “I’ve been learning every week playing at the highest level and it’s great for me personally. I’d rather be higher up the table, one hundred percent, but all of the lads are trying and hopefully we can come back with a reaction from the Wolves game. Hopefully, that leads to a positive result.
“We knew coming into this division that there would be lots of ups and downs. We’d have liked there to be more ups than there have been until this point, but all we can do is keep battling and keep fighting and that’s what we will do. We’ll go out there and show a reaction, one hundred percent. Hopefully, that turns into three points.”
Asked for his memories of December’s 1-1 draw with the Foxes at the King Power Stadium, Aarons says the squad felt hard done by not to come away with more than just the one point.
“It was a positive game for us,” he added. “I think all the lads were disappointed not to win that one. We started it really well and were on the front foot. At the time, they were on the back of lots of wins, so to go there and get a point was good, but ultimately I remember us being disappointed.”
As for this weekend, Norwich are coming up against a Leicester side that haven’t quite replicated their early season form of late, but still find themselves in the Premier League’s top three.
“They’re obviously a great side,” Aarons accepted. “They’ve got youth and energy as well as a large amount of experience, so it’s no surprise that they’re at the top end of the table. They’re fighting for a Champions League position as well, so they’ll be coming with a lot of intent but so are we. We want to get out of our position and it’s time to do so.”
One foot note of Friday’s game is sure to be the appearance of former Canary James Maddison, who will be coming up against his old club at Carrow Road.
“James was here a few years ago so I’m sure he’ll get a good reception,” Aarons said, “but ultimately I know the fans will be more focused on cheering us on to get the three points and that will be our focus as well.”