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Max Aarons: It was a really professional performance

6 March 2021

Max Aarons described Norwich City’s 3-0 win at home to Luton Town on Saturday afternoon as ‘a really professional performance.’

“We’re delighted,” he said. “The quicker we can get these wins, and we’re looking to carry on right until the end of the season and keep progressing and getting win after win, doing that every time we have a game is perfect and we’re looking to make it easier for ourselves and keep getting these wins.

“We said after the Brentford game there’s no point us putting all that energy and effort into that big game if we take our foot off the gas against Luton, who are a good side. We knew it was important to wrap it up with two wins out of two. I thought it was a really professional performance.”

Teemu Pukki gave Norwich the lead inside 13 minutes, Todd Cantwell getting the assist as an impressed Aarons looked on from afar.

“Really good goal,” he said. “After the game, from what I can remember, it was quick one-touch passing and that sums up how we are as a team.

“Todd looked good today. It probably took him five or ten minutes to get into the game and as soon as he was in it he was back to normal and looking really sharp. It just shows the depth we have in the squad that we can rotate and he can come in and do the job.

“In this league, one goal isn’t enough and you don’t want to be holding on at the end so it was really important to get that second goal. We came out in the second half and kind of put the game to bed.”

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City have shown defensive improvement this season, keeping clean sheets and avoiding a high number of goals conceded, something Aarons and his colleagues take a lot of pride in.

“We’ve spoken about it for a long time now, the way we are in possession is never going to be an issue,” he said. “This year especially, we wanted to knuckle down and get on top of our defensive work, so it’s been really good to have these clean sheets and it reflects really well on the back four with Skippy in there. The whole team really, how we defend from the front is really good.

“At the start of the season, we weren’t scoring as many goals as we wanted and we were winning games by one goal. We thought it was really important to become strong defensively so we could give ourselves the platform to win, but now we’re scoring a lot more goals. 

“To still keep that consistency with clean sheets and not conceding many goals is really good. It’s been brilliant for us as a defensive unit to have that. If you’re comparing it to two years ago, that’s what we didn’t have then.

“We’ve got a lot of points to play for but we said in the dressing room that we can make this as easy as possible by winning game after game and hopefully getting it done early, but we won’t get too far ahead of ourselves and we know we’ve got some tough games, but we know we’re more than good enough to win each of those so that’s what we’re going for.”

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