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'We know we need to improve' - Aarons assures fans that City are working hard to end aerial woes

Max Aarons challenges for the ball against Leicester duo Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Max Aarons challenges for the ball against Leicester duo Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Max Aarons has assured supporters that the Norwich City players are working hard on the training field to fix their defensive deficiencies in the air.

Five of the last six goals the Canaries have conceded in the Premier League have involved losing aerial duels from set-pieces or crosses, with goalkeeper Tim Krul inadvertently turning in a Jamie Vardy header from a James Maddison corner as Leicester equalised during Saturday's creditable 1-1 draw at high-flying Leicester.

"It is disappointing, especially as it's more or less not got us the three points," Aarons admitted. "We are working on it and it is disappointing, sometimes from crosses and sometimes from a set-piece is where we're conceding.

"Early on in the season it was from open play that we were conceding and we've really stopped that now, touch wood we're not really conceding from open play at the moment.

"It's those set-pieces and crosses that we know we need to improve on and we are working hard on that, definitely."

Aarons and fellow full-back Sam Byram were both key parts of an impressive team effort which denied the Foxes a ninth consecutive Premier League win, largely dealing with the threat posed by Vardy, the division's top scorer on 16 goals.

"We knew the threats that they would pose," he continued. "Obviously Vardy, and (Kelechi) Iheanacho being in the starting XI as well, we knew that they would be running in behind.

"So we had to be kind of narrow, I had to come in and help Zimbo (Christoph Zimmermann) out if there was a ball in behind and likewise Sam with Ben (Godfrey) as well."

The point saw Daniel Farke's team bounce back from disappointing 2-1 defeats to Sheffield United and Southampton, again appearing better matched against an attacking team.

So much so that the Canaries left the King Power Stadium disappointed not to have won, with Teemu Pukki and Marco Stiepermann both unable to take big chances to score the winner.

"We know that this season we've been very good against top sides and Leicester are doing really well, so we came into this one with a lot of confidence and we tried to stamp our foot early on the game, which we did, getting the goal," Aarons added.

"Ultimately we are a little bit disappointed not to come away with three points but if you had said before the game that we would come away with a draw we would have been more than happy."

Max Aarons blocks a shot from Ricardo Pereira. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesMax Aarons blocks a shot from Ricardo Pereira. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Max Aarons flights in a cross during City's 1-1 draw at Leicester. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesMax Aarons flights in a cross during City's 1-1 draw at Leicester. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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