Concern growing over Norwich City’s Premier League survival battle

Robert Snodgrass reacts after Norwich City concede their fourth goal at Southampton. Picture: Daniel Chesterton / Focus Images Robert Snodgrass reacts after Norwich City concede their fourth goal at Southampton. Picture: Daniel Chesterton / Focus Images

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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This time last month, we asked our panel of 12 Norwich City pundits and fans to predict the Canaries’ remaining 12 results – and whether City’s Premier League status would survive the season. Four games on, we see how they have fared so far – and if their opinions have changed.

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What our pundits predicted.What our pundits predicted.

Darren Eadie - ex-City winger

My predictions are on track, but City’s performances are a bit of a worry. Still, they’ve done the business when it’s mattered before – and they will again, I’m sure.

What our pundits predicted.What our pundits predicted.

Angela Sharpe - City fan

I really do still think City will stay up, but my optimism is starting to wane! My total is on track, but I’m worried about City’s lack of passion. Saturday is massive.

What our pundits predicted.What our pundits predicted.

Chris Goreham - Columnist and commentator

I’m more concerned now than a month ago, but the one thing keeping me going is that fans at our rivals are too – they’re all below us, and only three can go down!

Steve Gedge - City fan and colunmnist

Last month I thought City would go down, just. Beating Sunderland could help keep them up. Any less, and the last-chance saloon landlord will be clearing his throat to cry: “Time, gentlemen please.”

Peter Raven - Pinkun.com founder and editor

Anything less than maximum points over Sunderland and West Brom could be disastrous. Hughton’s men also need a draw at Fulham or Swansea. It’s not looking good.

Ian Clarke - City fan and columnist

I’m more concerned about safety than I’ve been all season, but still think we will survive. Avoiding defeat at Swansea and Fulham can make up the deficit.

David Powles - City fan and columnist

I’m only one point behind and I still think we’ll do enough. But victory over Sunderland is vital. Lose that and my legendary optimism will be tested.

Paddy Davitt - Chief City writer

City beat Sunderland this weekend and they are back on target to finish on 37 points – which in my book is likely to be enough.

Just.

Chris Lakey - Head of Sport

City have blown a big chance to move closer to safety. I can’t honestly see them recovering. I wouldn’t put a penny on them winning again this season.

Mark Armstrong - Sports reporter

City are a point worse off than I hoped at this stage. Swansea away, a happy hunting ground in the past, holds the key.

Iwan Roberts - Ex-City stiker

I think I might have been a bit optimistic with my 45-point tally for City - heart ruling my head I guess. But I genuinely still feel they will survive, just.

Michael Bailey - City correspondent

I didn’t think City would beat all of Stoke, Sunderland and West Brom at home. Having drawn the first, winning the other two is key to safety.

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47 comments

  • pug was on carrow road calling for chase out along with the best. Discontent with ch is still relatively muted but that will all change sat if we fail again

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • I think I might have missed a blond out!

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Brew - out of interest, where do you get the "very boring person" subculture reference re Cayman? Assume that wasn't in your dusty school Atlas...and I'd never heard that before (and obviously I've tried to do a fair bit of research - including actually going there) - so interested where the "apparently" is. Or just made up so you could offend by saying I'd fit in? No status infatuation on my side...just assumed you must be very important to suggest that one day I might reach "tiddler status"...apparently your posts constituted a "water-boarding". I suppose I do regularly find your posts torturious.Or is it tortuous? Or tortious? Probably all three.

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • LincsCanary you are quite correct in stating that the problem lies with the Board. Delia we love you but you know nothing about Football, let's get shot of the Board and get some fresh blood in. It's not Hughtons fault that he is a useless manager, any football person knew that from day one he was not EPL quality. Sack the Board. I too was involved in the sack Chase struggle now it's time to get rid of Delia and her cronies

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Concern is growing that Hughton is still the Manager of Norwich City Football Club! Concern that there is a strong possibility he will pick the same under performing team as in the last 30 games this season!! Concern is growing that after another sub standard performance the same lame excuses will be trotted out! My concern is that this nightmare under Hughton will go on and on and on.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sorry that should read 3 or four chances!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • My last four posts failed to appear. Our current form in a home only chart is 12th place, gd +1. Away only chart, 2nd bot, gd -10. We can survive if home form holds and some miracle happens on our travels. Do I believe it can be so? I will if we win Saturday, otherwise no. As for CH going there is no football reason why he is still in place so one must assume the board are going to let him see out his contract. In any case Delia and her board have no track record for successful managerial appointments other than the fortuitous Lambert one. Our greater problem in other words is our board is not up to PL standard. But how do you sack them? And will this post appear?

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Dear old Gene Putney hasn`t quite yet morphed into Cayman Canary. Perhaps the crocodiles got him. Perhaps `expatism` creates a euphoric state of `mind`? As exampled by Yabba Dabba Dubai. I`m impressed that he`s `bought into` the Hoof the Hoot campaign for such deeply held beliefs like `because the majority does`. You must come from a dire tribe, Puts.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • But "the same under performing team as in the last 30 games" is above the relegation zone. Where did you realistically expect us to finish this year? I completely understand the issues people have about playing style (although I am one that would take results over performance any day of the week) - but I still don't really understand the issues people have with us "underperforming". Being one of about 8 teams in a relegation scrap (but not right at the bottom of it) is pretty much what I expected for this season. So, to me, we are performing (and have been all season on an average basis - but not game to game) at par. Am I so out of touch that no one else seems to agree with me??

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Brew on the main news page you have a chance to comment on another of your hero's ,Mr Blair.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Seems like the next 4 games will be season defining. If they don't win on Saturday, I think it will be difficult to see where the points will come from to keep Norwich up, if that happens the lights can be turned out on three years in the Premier league. Looks likely that whatever the outcome for the season that the present management setup will be shown the door. Some will argue that it should have been done at Christmas. Rightly or wrongly the board saw fit to continue the current Junta. I always liked CH, thought he was a good player for both club and country and he did a reasonable job at Newcastle and Birmingham, however he does appear to be a little out of his depth at the moment. We live in hope here in Dublin that we will get enough points from the next four games to stay up.

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    RoadWarrior

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Very amusing Mr.Brewer, but this stopped being about you 7 comments ago....

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    pug

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Cayman to the Garden, Maud. Your mate Gene co-wrote that one, Putney. Déjá vu. Of which dire tribe are you a `member`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Seems like the next 4 games will be season defining. If they don't win on Saturday, I think it will be difficult to see where the points will come from to keep Norwich up, if that happens the lights can be turned out on three years in the Premier league. Looks likely that whatever the outcome for the season that the present management setup will be shown the door. Some will argue that it should have been done at Christmas. Rightly or wrongly the board saw fit to continue the current Junta. I always liked CH, thought he was a good player for both club and country and he did a reasonable job at Newcastle and Birmingham, however he does appear to be a little out of his depth at the moment. We live in hope here in Dublin that we will get enough points from the next four games to stay up.

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    RoadWarrior

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Chris Lakey is not Head of Sport for nothing. I agreed with him before and I still agree with him. Ships which are holed below the water line don't bob up and down. They just go down.

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    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I think that most of your pundits are fans rather than objective followers of reality. Somebody said on Saturday that Norwich are now in a "tailspin". That is an apt analogy. Chris Lakey has it about right, but the truth will be much clearer to see come 4-45 next Saturday. I fear that we could by then feel the cold hard reality of our squandered opportunities this season. Im a fan of long standing, but there is a deja vous here......

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    Algarve Canary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I continue with the naïve belief that come Saturday afternoon some Disney-like transformation will happen in the changing room and from the kick-off Norwich will be stroking the ball about with ease and scoring at will. Please don’t pr1ck my bubble.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Not a lot going for us then, hey ' malaga'. Mind you I am in agreement. To quote 'Three non Blonds', (who incidentally would probably to a better job that our incumbent), WHAT'S GOING ON.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • I love Lionel Blair - dancing on the ceiling. ..

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • If we lose Saturday I can see it turning into a very ugly post match and quite rightly so. Never in my 40 years as a Canary have the board been so out of line with the supporters. When he does get the inevitable hoof the board need to make the right call this time. I am 100% certain they have their shortlist in place. Would love to see who is on that - Malkay, Phelan for 2 certainly.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Not going to Cayman until September. So my euphoric state of mind (if that's what you want to call it) can't be related to that. You miss my point on why I've bought into the Hoof the Hoot campaign. Thought it was clear from my post, but clearly not. My point is really only that, until he goes, more people than not will continue to rant rubbish (or gibberish, in your case) and I think that, at least if we take away the focal point of the attacks, I'm hopeful that we might at least get a week or two on here without people whinging. One can only hope. So - all I want is (i) Norwich to stay up; and (ii) either (a) people to stop whinging about Hoots and his coaching team; or (b) more likely, Hoots gets sacked (and people also stop whinging about him and his coaching staff). I wonder what will happen if his successor is not a massive improvement (which could actually mean staying up in the PL for another few years but not winning comfortablyplaying exciting football). Who knows?

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • There is apparently a `very boring person` subculture in the Caymans, Gene, so you`ve found your niche. Gibberish is only my third language, after English and `Licorish`, though clearly it is your language of choice. You started it. At least there`s a bigger gene pool to work with there than in Putney. Must be almost 40,000 people?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sorry but our form is so bad that I agree with CL. By the time Hughton has named his usual unbalanced team we are already handicapped before we step onto the pitch. If he goes for the same defensive lineup on Saturday I can't see us winning. The players have the losing habit, go to pieces and capitulate far too easily. We have no leadership on or off the pitch, no character and because of the way the team is set up there is no goal threat. No service from the wings and nothing through the middle of the park. Players like Hooper scored goals elsewhere and Elmander for goodness sakes is an international. But the way Hughton sets up the team they don't stand a chance because every front man plays the percentages game. I watched Ronaldo on Saturday. He scored a great goal but missed 34 other good chances. The point being he was always being fed with decent balls either through the middle or from the wings.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • I am overwhelmed by the titanic tsunami of respect and admiration I have received from my sycophants. I`ve been offered a ticket, a pint in Putney, and a mardle off Magdalen Street. I don`t often use Google - the Cayman Islands are easy to find in my School Atlas! Population a guess. I hope you`re not one of those dreadful status conscious people like Hyacinth Buckett, Puts. Can`t be doing with it. What does esoteric mean? Will somebody please be didactic? Btw, Putney`s a Bridge too Far for me just now. So`s Carrow. Thanks for the invite though, Puts. Yours in Machismo, Mad. X

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Hygiene Pitney, what's bit of whinging between friends. A Fans' forum without whinging is like a toilet wall without graffiti or Brewer without a thesaurus. Like a child cowering on the stairs while his parents throw crockery at each other, I can tell you're upset. How can I rub it better ? The new A11 dual carriageway will be finished soon. Then the Carra will be less than 24 hours from Putney (a bit more from the Caymans and a lot more from Tulsa). You''ll get to watch Norwich before you can say "Six Mile Bottomless Traffic Jam".So don't worry, be happy. PS. Brewer sends his love ...........in 5 languages: English, Dutch, Hungarian, Spanish and Gibberish.

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    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • LincsCanary you are quite correct in stating that the problem lies with the Board. Delia we love you but you know nothing about Football, let's get shot of the Board and get some fresh blood in. It's not Hughtons fault that he is a useless manager, any football person knew that from day one he was not EPL quality. Sack the Board. I too was involved in the sack Chase struggle now it's time to get rid of Delia and her cronies

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Algarve, your Portuguese is probably much better than mine (likewise your optimism). Not difficult, as mine is nil. Also the the opportunities to practise your French are probably limited. That said, it is "déjà vu" (already seen), not "déjà vous" (already you). Brewer will be experiencing a bit of déjà vu ( if he reads this). Don't say it, Gek.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I don't buy the whole "tailspin" or Lakey view that we won't win again this season. I think we'll beat Sunderland at the weekend and then things will look a lot better again. Either way, I'm now a fully paid-up member of the Hoof the Hoot campaign (at the end of the season - not before). Not because I don't like him or particularly want to see him go, but it seems the majority of fans want him gone whatever happens, so at least if\when it happens people might be able to write something on these pages that doesn't consist entirely of diatribe. That would be nice.

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Board the most out of line with the supporters, in the last 40 years?! I can only assume it's selective memory due to this mess of a season or you were on another planet 20 years back...

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    pug

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I one hundred per cent agree with Chris Lakey. No contempt or anything. I mean it.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Relegation will not be the end of the world for the fans, only for those club employee's who are being overpaid not to ply their trade need to worry. I cannot see who is going to score goals for us right now and if I was the Sunderland scout I would be telling their team to snuff Snodgrass out as the rest of the midfield offer no attacking or defending threat.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Your water-boarding of poor old Cottage Chutney was merciless, Gek. Yet you still ended up with an invitation to the pub and the offer of a pint of London Pride. I guess that's what makes you a "real man". Respect is due.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Those that have had concerns about our premier league future this season welcome all the johnny come lately's who are now seeing the situation we are in without tinted glasses and a belief that Hoots is a demigod. Though we have it in our own hands to stay up , every game without 3 points piles on the pressure, doubts and increases the likelihood of our demise. Wins against S'land and WBA are essential but will need to be backed up by points elsewhere. But where???In Hoots we trust no longer

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • comment on comments. Putney we have a pop at Hoots and his merrry men because they couldnt currently run a bath, let alone a football club, Brew , amusing as ever but sometimes a little too esoteric, Barking I always associate deja vu with Crosby Stills and Nash,[ playing it now] thanks for that.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Spot on Malaga, a fairly minor change to the team structure could potentially make all the difference. Unfortunately though our current manager can't see it and stubbonly sticks to his failing formula. I cross everything every match day hoping for a team that can create chances with players in the best positions to use their strengths. Every match day I end up disappointed (except for the Man City at home game). Still ever the optimist I will continue to cross fingers this weekend,

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    Double D

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Surprise,surprise well I never. Are we in danger of the drop? I had no idea. Where have these people been all season.

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    Nutster

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • and an 'e' from blondes. Bad start to the day

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Your point being, pug? Btw, I don`t decide in which order posts appear on these boards, Archant does. Time for a pint of Dullard`s Bitter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • .........not to mention your "high status". I am not worthy.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Gek, I enjoyed reading "Tom Brewer's Schooldays" in the cubicle marked "Hughton wants to twist" (or some such nonsense). Given your chosen subjects, I'm surprised you didn't become an undertaker, like Terry Allcock, "Anonymous, even at home". Hmmm.......are we talking Italian\ German parentage ? How about Incognito Hausman? Or Crumpledstiltskin perhaps? Closer to home I notice that your waterboarding of poor old Gene Putney only succeeded in eliciting an invitation to a real man's night out in Fulham and the promise of a free pint of London Pride. How do you do it? If I spoke to BP2 like that on the other side of town, I doubt I would have got more than a "Chelsea Smile" (or the West Ham equivalent). Anyhoo, I wish you well comparing d**k sizes with Cottage Chutney. I'm sure both of you will turn out to be real men after all. Don't linger after the match.....Fulham is 24 hours from Taverham and I wouldn't want you to miss the milk train home.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Iwan`s aliquot of Abu Yabba Dabba Dhabi Dubai Elixir has worn off. Powles and Paddy are Pride of the Premier Pundits. One out of Four ain`t bad. Who`s Ian Clarke? Too clever for his, or anyone else`s good. He has to go.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • A win on Saturday potentially puts us 7 points clear of Sunderland, Fulham and Cardiff. If we then go down by losing 3 more games than they do over the last 7 games, we deserve to go down.

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    richard1

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sorry - I'm with Lakey. Hard to see another 3 points headed our way.

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    JimBob

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • el dingo, I think you are right there. I so wish it wasn`t so, but where are the `green shoots` of recovery? Good to see Chris Lakey say it as he sees it. A bit late, though. After last season`s West Ham game would have been more timely. I honestly believed Hughton was a good choice. He`s absolutely disastrous.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Not going to Cayman until September. So my euphoric state of mind (if that's what you want to call it) can't be related to that. You miss my point on why I've bought into the Hoof the Hoot campaign. Thought it was clear from my post, but clearly not. My point is really only that, until he goes, more people than not will continue to rant rubbish (or gibberish, in your case) and I think that, at least if we take away the focal point of the attacks, I'm hopeful that we might at least get a week or two on here without people whinging. One can only hope. So - all I want is (i) Norwich to stay up; and (ii) either (a) people to stop whinging about Hoots and his coaching team; or (b) more likely, Hoots gets sacked (and people also stop whinging about him and his coaching staff). I wonder what will happen if his successor is not a massive improvement (which could actually mean staying up in the PL for another few years but not winning comfortablyplaying exciting football). Who knows?

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Archie saved you this time, PutCaymanCan. It`s a nice little goldfish bowl out there, so you might make tiddler status.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Brew, your ability to use Google never ceases to impress. Well done you. Why the personal insults? You know nothing about me, who I am or what I do. Likewise me with you - which is why my only criticisms of you relate to what you write on here. In fairness, when you're on topic and coherent I've often praised your posts. It seems this started from me saying you we're bang out of order with your post about DM. Then you falsely accused me of reporting your comment and started making up names. All very good - but you always ignore points of substance and poke around the edges. Anyway, whatever, I assume you're heading down my way for the Fulham game in a few weeks? Why don't we meet for a beer and discuss this stuff in person like real men. I'm sure if I save up between now and then I'll be able to afford to buy you a pint. I can only assume from your post that you are a man of high status...all the more reason to want to meet you in person.

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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