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Max Aarons: It’s been a more positive week

22 January 2020

Norwich City full-back Max Aarons says the mood around Lotus Training Centre has been good this week following the club’s 1-0 win against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday and hopes the high spirits can take the Canaries to Wednesday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur with confidence.

“We’ve had a few tough weeks in terms of results, so to get a win at the weekend lifts us going into the Tottenham game,” he said. “It’s been a better, more positive week.

“The main thing for us was that the performances were still there even though we were losing, which was hard to take, but we got the reward we deserved on the weekend.

“We have to stick to what we’re doing and stay focused on that. People could see that we were playing well. Apart from the Manchester United game, the last seven weeks we were in games and on the front foot, but it wasn’t falling for us. Hopefully the Bournemouth game will take us forward.”

Last time City met Spurs, Jose Mourinho’s side twice came from behind to leave Carrow Road with a 2-2 draw at the end of 2019.

“We deserved to win against Spurs before,” Aarons said. “The decision on Teemu’s goal was harsh on us, but we took a lot of positivity from that game. We’ll go into the one on Wednesday trying to emulate that.

“In the first half, we won the ball in midfield and took both chances. One was cancelled out, but we were clinical. In the second half, they came into it a bit more.

“You know what you’re going to get with a Jose Mourinho side; they’re going to be solid and hard to beat but, in that game, we had our own plan and executed it well. We knew the area where we could hurt them.”

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Asked about his personal development and transfer speculation that surrounds young players performing well in the Premier League, Aarons insists he’s come a long way and continues to focus purely on his daily routine.

“Personally, I’ve learnt a lot from the first game of the season to now,” he admitted. “I like to think I’m playing well at the moment. It’s been a great learning experience. Not just physically on the pitch, but mentally it’s been a big learning curve for the group. The main thing is to not take our foot off the gas and record some more wins.

“I come in and work as hard as I can and focus on being ready for the next game, as all the boys do. I’m 20 years old so I’ve got a lot of improvement to do, I’m not thinking about anything else. Speculation is normal when a transfer window opens.”

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the academy graduate who, when asked about periods of his life that were mentally difficult, cited his earlier career at Luton Town.

“When I was 14 or 15, I left Luton Town and was going to different clubs. A few were a bit iffy on me at that time. I was struggling to understand why I wasn’t successful. I really had to get through that period. I was fine in myself, but it was tough.

“There are things you can do away from football. It’s healthy to take yourself out of your job when you’re not there, so having other hobbies and not being so targeted on that one thing. It’s good to have a variety of things you do.

“In past years, men have been reluctant to speak about if they’ve been struggling, but now everyone is open about it and people are more comfortable speaking about being unhappy.”

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