Aarons survived Saint-Maximin test and still offered attacking threat at Newcastle
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Our latest Norwich City player watch followed Max Aarons as the right-back faced a tough challenge marking Newcastle danger man Allan Saint-Maximin during the Canaries’ 0-0 away draw.
2 - Far too easy as Newcastle switch to Allan Saint-Maximin on the left, who runs at Aarons and easily cuts inside on to his right foot and curls a weak shot low at Tim Krul from the edge of the box though.
3 - Links well with Alex Tettey and a little burst of pace allows him to prod a pass to Lukas Rupp, with Ondrej Duda's cross eventually claimed by keeper Martin Dubravka.
7 - Tettey and Aarons link nicely on the right, eventually Kenny McLean tries to thread Sam Byram into left channel but puts too much on the pass.
10 - Intercepts a clearance and then has to be bright to beat the lively Saint-Maximin to the ball, turns and keeps possession well to end the pressure.
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21 - DeAndre Yedlin crosses from the right, Aarons tracks Saint-Maximin but the winger takes out Christoph Zimmermann, leaving Joelinton free to head goalwards, only to be denied by a fine Krul save.
24 - Saint-Maximin chucks himself to the floor under the slightest contact from Aarons, conceding a free-kick.
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27 - McLean with a deep ball that Lukas Rupp can't control but the German finds Aarons, whose cross is straight at Pukki and bounces off the striker's head.
30 - Keeps an attack alive and cross lands at the feet of Rupp, who can't get the ball teed up for a shot but is offside anyway.
32 - Cross from the right is deflected up, Sam Byram heads back into the danger zone but Newcastle clear again and Tettey's powerful shot is deflected wide.
39 - Better from Aarons, twice in sharply to dispossess Saint-Maximin before he can get going.
34 - Jamal Lascelles tackles back really well on Todd Cantwell but eventually Tettey spreads right to Aarons, who turns Federico Fernandez inside and out, low cross is inviting but no-one to turn it in.
45+2 - Ball bounces through to Saint-Maximin and he just has Aarons to beat, tries to get down the outside but City defender deflects the shot behind, had to make the block.
46 - Calm with Saint-Maximin running at him and robs the ball, pushes forward and fouled out wide by Fernandez. Duda whips in the free-kick but it's too deep for Grant Hanley and Byram can't keep the ball in.
50 - In the right place to stop Ritchie getting Saint-Maximin's pass.
58 - Drives forward and blasted low shot deflects behind. Duda puts in the corner from the right and Byram heads over.
65 - Saint-Maximin cuts inside, Aarons tracks him and deflects the low shot behind for a corner.
70 - Knocks the ball past Fernandez and tries to beat the defender for pace, wins a corner.
78 - Looks like he's beaten Ritchie deep in the Newcastle half but has to turn to keep the ball in play and is robbed.
82 - Magpies substitute Danny Rose clatters Aarons' ankles in a tackle, not even a foul given but Newcastle given a free-kick near haflway, allowing a break for treatment, but okay to continue.
88 - Onel Hernandez can't force his way into the box, Rose clips Aarons as he darts centrally, free-kick 30 yards out, Emi Buendia clips in but Ciaran Clark heads the ball up and Byram can't keep the chance alive.
VERDICT: Had a real challenge on his hands from Saint-Maximin and after a worrying start, got enough help from Rupp and Tettey to contain the speed merchant, while also offering a good attacking outlet.
RATING: 7 out of 10