Swansea City 3, Norwich City 4

Sebastien Bassong scores Norwich City's second goal at Swansea. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Sebastien Bassong scores Norwich City's second goal at Swansea. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Saturday, December 8, 2012
5:15 PM

Norwich City’s all blacks stormed to a marvellous victory in Wales – their first away success of the Premier League season – to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches in all competitions.

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The Canaries swept into a 3-0 interval lead at the Liberty Stadium but had to withstand a rousing second-half fightback from Swansea, who struck twice in the space of eight minutes after the break before Robert Snodgrass scored direct from a free-kick 13 minutes from time to just about make the game safe.

Even then, there was a late Swansea goal to keep the travelling fans on edge in stoppage time.

Steven Whittaker’s first goal for the Canaries gave them the lead in the 16th minute, a superb finish after a one-two with Snodgrass, and they struck twice in four minutes just before half-time.

First Sebastien Bassong scored for the third time in four games, heading in Grant Holt’s cross, before Holt headed home from a Snodgrass free-kick for his fourth of the season.

Swansea were back in contention when Michu and Jonathan de Guzman scored before an hour had been played, but Snodgrass made it 4-2 from a free-kick after Swansea skipper Ashley Williams had pulled down Holt.

Michu scored his second of the match in stoppage time to make it 13 for the season, but the Canaries held on to make it nine league games without defeat – their best unbeaten Premier League run. It was their first away victory since Easter Monday.

There were two changes to the Norwich line-up after the 2-1 win over Sunderland, with Russell Martin and Jonny Howson recalled, with Ryan Bennett not travelling and Alex Tettey not figuring in the 18.

Full-back Marc Tierney and midfielder David Fox were brought into the 18 as two of the seven substitutes.

There were also two changes for Swansea after their 2-0 win at Arsenal.

Striker Danny Graham was recalled, making his first start since October 6. Graham scored six times in his previous four games against the Canaries.

Wayne Routledge was also back in the side after recovering from an ankle injury.

Itay Schechter was relegated to the bench, while midfielder Leon Britton was absent from the 18.

The Canaries kicked off, wearing their black away kit, and Snodgrass forced a corner in the first minute. It almost bore fruit as Johnson got in a glancing header from Snodgrass’ kick, forcing keeper Tremmel to parry it.

Norwich, with Russell Martin operating in the centre of defence on his recall, were enjoying plenty of possession in the opening minutes but Johnson spoiled one promising move with an overhit pass when attempting to find Holt.

Swansea threatened in the 10th minute when Davies turned back a diagonal pass from De Guzman into the path of Graham, who swivelled to strike a powerful shot past the post from the edge of the area.

Norwich went desperately close after 13 minutes when Howson latched on to a poor header by Davies and struck a right-foot shot from more than 20 yards that struck the base of the post, the rebound falling unkindly for Pilkington.

As the Canaries kept pressing, Garrido crossed from the left, Tremmel struggled to deal with the cross and Johnson hooked in a shot that the keeper grabbed above his head.

Then, in the 16th minute, the visitors took a well-deserved lead through a superb effort from Whittaker, his first goal for the club.

Taking possession just inside the Swansea half, he advanced and played a one-two with Snodgrass before weaving his way past two defenders and striking a perfect left-foot shot just inside the post.

A foul by Howson on Ki gave Swansea a free-kick 25 yards out, but De Guzman curled it straight into the wall.

Referee Webb stopped play to talk to Holt about his side taking too long over a free-kick, not the first time the official had urged the Canaries to get on with it.

They continued to hold the upper hand, however, and Snodgrass brought Tremmel into action again after working his way into the Swansea area.

Swansea went closest yet after 28 minutes when Graham outjumped Whittaker from De Guzman’s cross and headed against the bar with Bunn beaten.

Michu flashed a header wide from Rangel’s cross as the hosts began to enjoy more possession.

The Spanish striker almost engineered a freak equaliser on 34 minutes when his low drive struck Routledge and took a wicked deflection that just rolled the wrong side of the post.

But five minutes before the break, Bassong scored his third goal in four matches to extend Norwich’s lead.

Pilkington did well, from his position on the floor, to feed the ball to Holt on the left and the skipper turned on to his right foot and curled the perfect cross to the far post where Bassong’s downward header beat goalkeeper Tremmel and defender Davies and rolled in.

The goal was greeted with stunned silence from the home crowd, while many were already making their way out for half-time.

Better was to come from the Canaries as they moved into a 3-0 lead one minute before the break.

Snodgrass floated in a free-kick from the right and Holt, completely unmarked, planted a firm header past Tremmel for his fourth goal of the season.

Russell Martin was booked for a foul on Michu in the final minute of the half, but Ki curled the resulting free-kick straight into Bunn’s arms.

• Half-time: Swansea City 0, Norwich City 3

Swansea forced a corner in the opening minute of the half but De Guzman’s kick was overhit and Norwich were able to cleat comfortably.

Johnson almost scored an audacious fourth less than three minutes after the break when Snodgrass floated the ball in and he jabbed a volley on to the bar with his left foot while Swansea froze in the hope of an offside decision.

With 51 minutes gone, however, Swansea threw themselves a lifeline as Davies crossed from the left and Michu found enough room to swing his left foot and fire just inside the post for his 12th goal of the season.

The stadium, like a morgue for much of the first half, was suddenly buzzing and Graham might have reduced the arrears further when Michu’s through-ball set him up for a first-time effort that Bunn managed to hold on to.

The Swans did strike again, however, on 59 minutes when De Guzman scored their second.

Dyer got away from Garrido on the right and hooked in a cross that Bunn left to Russell Martin, who headed clear, but only as far as De Guzman, who volleyed smartly past Bunn.

Norwich were penned in their own half and in a rare break, Holt’s header from a Garrido free-kick was no problem for Tremmel.

Garrido had to produce a desperate challenge on Graham midway through the half to stop the striker levelling, but it was his last involvement for Swansea as he made way for Shechter.

Swansea thought they had equalised when Shechter hooked the ball in from close range after 71 minutes – the goal music was even played in the stadium – but Michu was penalised for heading the ball out of Bunn’s hands.

Swansea skipper Williams was booked for hauling down Holt as he chased Hoolahan’s through-ball in a one-on-one, but justice was done as Norwich scored from the free-kick.

Snodgrass curled in the direct free-kick for his third goal of the season and his second in successive away games, as Tremmel dived in vain to his left.

Davies had to clear a cross from Pilkington as City looked for a fifth and, with seven minutes left, Holt made way for Morison.

Michu almost reduced the arrears when he shot just wide as he slid into the six-yard box.

Chico narrowly cleared the bar with a long-range shot three minutes from time.

De Guzman was booked for protesting about a Norwich free-kick award in the final minute.

Barnett replaced Whittaker before Swansea scored a third in stoppage time, Michu heading in from De Guzman’s cross.

• Swansea City: Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Dyer, De Guzman, Ki, Routledge; Michu, Graham (Shechter, 69). Subs (not used): Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Agustien, Bartley, Moore.

• Norwich City: Bunn; Whittaker (Barnett, 90), Russell Martin, Bassong, Garrido; Howson, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington; Holt (Morison, 83). Subs (not used): Rudd, Tierney, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Jackson.

• Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

• Attendance: 20,294

• Goals: Swansea: Michu (51, 90), De Guzman (59). Norwich: Whittaker (16), Bassong (40), Holt (44), Snodgrass (77)

• Bookings: Swansea: Williams (75), Rangel (89). Norwich: Russell Martin (45)

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43 comments

  • Just read this from MB "What an inspired choice of manager - congrats to McGnarly & the Board. OTBC. IHWT. ". Following the dirge he posted earlier in the season, I am delighted that MB has finally seen sense. Although a nine game unbeaten run might have something to do with it!!

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    andyrew

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I'm not sure if I'd be pleased or disappointed if Keane made it to Carrow Road. I belt Holt would say the same!

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    wisemanthree

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Also the Swans must really dislike us now thats 4 wins out of the last 5 against them

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Im not bothered how we get 3pts home or away, if its 1-0 or 4-3, i know we have been much tighter at the back of late but dont forget we are in the Prem now,we are not gonna be able to keep it as tight all the time, onwards and upwards IHWT OTBC

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    ncfcforever

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Second game in a row which can truly be classed as a game of two halves ....at 3 up we looked good but their had been signs that Swansea were still in the fight! I tend to agree with canrydownunder, Bunn needs to step up and like Stew the midfield needs to waken up for the second half but and it a very big BUT what game and I take my hat off to everyone at the club for a massive result and long may the run continue. Though when the 3 minutes came up at the end it was almost like back in the days of the Championship where we went through a spell when a 3 mins extra time was doom and gloom but there is an extra steel in the team these days - magic! OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Just read this from MB "What an inspired choice of manager - congrats to McGnarly & the Board. OTBC. IHWT. ". Following the dirge he posted earlier in the season, I am delighted that MB has finally seen sense. Although a nine game unbeaten run might have something to do with it!!

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    andyrew

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Well done lads, an absolute stunner! Would be delighted if we could play well for the full 90 mins once in a while, but I am in no way going to take away the feeling of gaining 3 points. Remember folks this is the top league in the country (and the world?) so every game is a real challenge.

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Nail biting stuff but a cracking result.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Sorry wisemanthree, it must be a case of mistaken identity. A fellow contributor recently jested I might be a Vampire and, incorrectly it seems, I recalled it was you! So I was just carrying on the joke with the wrong person. Sorry!! I have a mirror, CanaryWest, so I know how I look. Do you have a problem? Are your postings worded to "make to look you not clever", look you? Have a nice day.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Just read this from MB "What an inspired choice of manager - congrats to McGnarly & the Board. OTBC. IHWT. ". Following the dirge he posted earlier in the season, I am delighted that MB has finally seen sense. Although a nine game unbeaten run might have something to do with it!!

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    andyrew

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Congrats to Swansea as well for their swift action to identify the fan and remove him from the stands. I can't pretend I don't get irked by the eulogising of Swansea by the media, but I do like them and identify with them as a well run family club similar to our own. I would hate for a Norwich fan to make racist gestures, as it does cast a shadow over other fans as well.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Yes yarco, I completely agree. The pundits are all the same, we are on a 9 match unbeaten run in the best league in the world, in a league cup quarter final against a team who couldn't even score today and we beat the likes of man utd and arsenal. What more can you ask for? You can't ever write a team like Norwich City off. Lawrenson should have at least had us down for a draw.

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    Grant Wright

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Oh and also an interesting stat I read before the Swansea game: If the season had started on 1st October then Norwich would be 4th...

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Sorry wisemanthree, it must be a case of mistaken identity. A fellow contributor recently jested I might be a Vampire and, incorrectly it seems, I recalled it was you! So I was just carrying on the joke with the wrong person. Sorry!! I have a mirror, CanaryWest, so I know how I look. Do you have a problem? Are your postings worded to "make to look you not clever", look you? Have a nice day.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Memory Lane: Way back in the 60`s (70`s?) I remember going to see City play Charlton @ The Valley. Due to a puncture, we didn`t get to the game until half time. Norwich were leading 3-0. In the second half Charlton scored 3 and we escaped with a draw - just!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Suppose our trolls will be celebrating their win in the pub league and leave us alone!

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    tom the taxi

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Thing is with Hoots is that he brought in Bassong & Tettey. Inspired. I was dubious about Whittaker, but he`s been superb. Snodgrass is a one-off; a "right winger" who can`t use his right foot, but what a magical left one! I read on Auntie BBC that Butterfield`s loan spell at Bolton is extended into January. Also rumoured there that Hoots wants to get Robbie Keane on loan from La Galaxy. Doubt that - but what do I know either? Ignorance does not prevent one having an opinion - otherwise there would be no Democracy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • What an incredible game!! Fantastic win for City and a massive 3 points as well. But I'm sure many nerves have been shredded by Swansea's comeback. Really does show our strength in character though. Hoots is adding another dimension to the team; we're getting there and I am very sure we will be okay come the end of the season!!! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Just read this from MB "What an inspired choice of manager - congrats to McGnarly & the Board. OTBC. IHWT. ". Following the dirge he posted earlier in the season, I am delighted that MB has finally seen sense. Although a nine game unbeaten run might have something to do with it!!

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    andyrew

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Wisemanthree dont worry most of us dont know what Mad Brewer is on about a lot of the time. He likes to promote himself with multiple posts worded to make to look him clever. If only he realised how he really looks.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Fantastic win, but I'm still feeling a bit flat - like Bunn's feet. Lots of positives, but the keeper wasn't one of them. I won't let in spoil savouring our first away win and another 3 great points!

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    canarydownunder

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • I'm not sure if I'd be pleased or disappointed if Keane made it to Carrow Road. I belt Holt would say the same!

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    wisemanthree

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Graham thanks for the update I didn't pick that up out here. I was also a tad apprehensive when I saw Tettey was not on the field or in the squad. Looks like CH has the squad sorted as ones coming do perform. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Wow!! 3 points bagged but im not sure how in the 2nd half! Great result well done boys we are much nearer champions league than relegation. We're well on track points wise for survival, I did not think a few games back that we would catch West ham up. This is a huge result, for our next trick we must master scoring goals and not letting them in in the same game.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Typical City, only we could contrive to nearly lose a game when we are 3-0 up at half time. Plenty of positives though, not least Holt's performance. What a difference Tettey being out makes. He is our Claude Makelelelelele and I feel that we would not have struggled to keep it tight if he was in the team. Did Johnson's effort remind anyone else of Mark Robins' goal against Chelsea (I think)? Overall, I would say that we deserved it and I am encouraged by the improving offensive play. Here's hoping for another win midweek and at the weekend against Wigan. We are looking good for hitting that 40 point mark and relative safety. OTBC IHWT.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • No, they kept that quiet, Singapore - didn`t want to give anything away to the Druids. Likewise ref. Big Benno. A little factoid; Holty directly involved in 3 of our goals. 1 superb cross, 1 headed goal, 1 vital free kick won. No wonder Swansea fans hate him! The 3 escapees from Ellandback acquitted themselves well - if only Johnno`s 2nd half shot had gone in we might have been spared that comeback. Neither goalkeeper looked assured, Bunn was hesitant; "should I stay or should I go?". Whits produced a goal of the type we saw on video when he first joined. Two-footed, an extra threat..... MOM? "Lefty" Snodgrass. He may only have one working foot but it`s a very good one! OTBC. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Must admit i was a bit unsure about hoots when he came, especially after the home draw with QPR where i think he was a bit negative. Having said that i wanted Boothroyd when we got Lambert, so what do i know?!

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    Chilly62

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Singapore Canary, Chris Hughton said afterwards that both Tetty and Ryan Bennett had slight injuries. They hadn't trained for a bit so wasn't worth risking them yesterday. I did think we'd be lucky to get anything when I saw they weren't playing, particularly Tettey.

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    Graham Last

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Just read this from MB "What an inspired choice of manager - congrats to McGnarly & the Board. OTBC. IHWT. ". Following the dirge he posted earlier in the season, I am delighted that MB has finally seen sense. Although a nine game unbeaten run might have something to do with it!!

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    andyrew

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Brewer, I must have missed something there because I haven't the foggiest what you're talking about. lol.

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    wisemanthree

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Well you took the words right out of my mouth Grant Wrighty. Lawrenson the tw*t

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    yarco

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • I watched the game at home from the cmfort of my Internet connection. There will be some pelling mistakes 'cause some of my fingers have been bitten away. The boys held on..'Just'...... Someone please explain to me as to what happened to our midfield in the second half..... Were they working to instructions? Were they too complacent after the 3 goals in the first half? Howson had his chance today, but did he make the desired impression? For Geds sake lets put them Black Shirts in the bun where they belong!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Proud to be a Canary.Bring on the Villa.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Cracking game. Reminded me so much of last season. I thought I was missing the way we played last season but after going grey in the second 45 minutes yesterday I am less sure.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • The first half I thought we would end up on the positive side of the G D, but the second I was left wondering if we would even draw let alone win, talk about nail biting.. however we did and congrats to all concerned...

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    canuk

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • That was a superb result. The latest highlight in a phenomenal run....and we have done it with a 2nd string goalie who, whilst being an excellent shot stopper, doesnt control his box and is poor on crosses. If Bunn can carry on like that until Ruddy is fit again, things look good. One concern is that Arsene Wenger will make an aggressive bid for a fit again Ruddy in the January window.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • What a fantastic result.......pity City couldn't close the game down in that second half until all our nerves were shredded. What's happened to our old Archant mate Ged then ? Given up perhaps now that it's going so well ? Still it looks as though dear old Mick will pull you guys out of the mire for this season at least so it can't be all bad !!

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    Graham Last

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • PS: wisemanthree, the sun is out so I`m sitting in a darkened room having a nice cuppa fresh blood. LOL, Vlad. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • I shall say zis onnly wernce, andyrew. Like most NCFC supporters, I worry a lot about the way things are going. BUT I have never questioned that Hughton was clearly the best choice of manager the Club could have made. FACT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • P.S. Why was Tettey not playing and not even on the bench? I cannot remember anything about him being injured.

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    Jakarta Canary

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • It`s good to know Hughton has faith in his squad so as not to have to risk players with slight injuries. Howson and R. Martin did well, specially as they`d neither seen much match action lately. Tettey was missed, of course, but if Johnson`s "Mark Robins" effort had gone in, we would all be marvelling at a comprehensive win without "4-lungs"- and without the jitters! Don`t talk Ged up Graham! No doubt he`s still posting under a different label anyway. Btw, it was canny of Hoots to take Tettey with the squad so as not to give Swansea an inkling until the teams had to be named. What an inspired choice of manager - congrats to McGnarly & the Board. OTBC. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Absolutely emphatic win for us, very funny to hear that Mark Lawrenson predicted a 2-0 win for Swansea. I'd be very interested to hear what he has to say on MOTD tonite. Extremely proud of this growing football club and the lads. OTBC!

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    Grant Wright

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • It's finally come together, at least for the first half but we held on and got the win against a really in form side on their own manor; there is true grit at the bottom of this canary cage. I agree that Bunn needs to boss the area more. He's been through his honeymoon phase with the team, now he has to get stuck in. Seb Bassong, is there anything he can't do?

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

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