Cardiff City 2 Norwich City 1

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass opened the scoring in a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass opened the scoring in a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, February 1, 2014
4:53 PM

Norwich City contrived to lose a Premier League match they controlled for long periods in a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City.

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Robert Snodgrass slammed the visitors in front inside the opening five minutes but Cardiff struck twice in the space of 80 seconds after the restart - former Canary Craig Bellamy and new boy Kenwyne Jones on the mark - before surviving an incessant barrage from the Canaries in the final quarter. David Marshall superbly denied Nathan Redmond and Leroy Fer before Snodgrass struck a post in a prolonged assault from Chris Hughton’s men that failed to cancel out their sluggish start to the second period at the Cardiff City stadium.

Hughton made three changes from the starting line up that ground out a 0-0 Premier League midweek draw against Newcastle. Alex Tettey returned for his first start since ankle surgery in the corresponding league fixture before Christmas. Jonas Gutierrez was also preferred to Anthony Pilkington on the left of midfield with Fer dropping out. Hughton opted to tinker with his front two by recalling Johan Elmander for Ricky van Wolfswinkel in a revised shape to the more recognisable two up top during recent weeks.

Cardiff chief Ole Gunnar Solksjaer handed debuts to both Fabio and Jones but Manchester United loanee Wilfried Zaha had to settle for a place on the bench.

John Ruddy was pressed into action inside 70 seconds when he dropped on Jordan Mutch’s ambitious bicycle kick following a penetrative burst down the right from Craig Noone and Fabio. Gutierrez responded with a glancing header from a cross which was slightly behind the Argentine international following Russell Martin’s overlapping run outside Robert Snodgrass.

The visitors took the lead in the fifth minute when Martin Olsson escaped undetected to collect Bradley Johnson’s pass and pick out the unmarked Snodgrass who swept home from six yards. Cardiff’s confidence visibly evaporated following such an early concession with Johnson’s rising sidefoot strike on his left drifting over after Elmander was allowed too much time to bring a hanging cross down inside the Bluebirds’ penalty box.

Cardiff gradually recovered their composure with Noone’s sublime inside pass tempting Mutch but he poked wide on the stretch at the far post.

Ryan Bennett earned a needless caution in the 13th minute after his initial weak touch was compounded by a clear foul on Bellamy just inside the Norwich half. Ruddy gathered Gary Medel’s speculative long range effort but fresh home hesitancy allowed Gary Hooper and Snodgrass to combine but Steven Caulker cleared the gathering danger. Martin’s commitment to try and pin Mutch back inside his own half underlined the flow of the opening quarter, with the home crowd growing audibly restless as Hughton’s side soaked up pressure and looked to probe on the counter.

Noone was Cardiff’s most dangerous operator with one sharp swivel taking him away from the close attentions of Tettey but his whipped left foot strike flew wide with Ruddy fully committed diving to his left.

Sebastien Bassong’s defensive instincts averted potential danger in the 30th minute when Medel cut a low cross back from the byline, but the visitors earned a slice of fortune from the corner when Johnson’s miscued clearance bisected a posse of players in red.

Tettey incurred Mark Clattenburg’s wrath in the 32nd minute when he hauled down Medel 22 yards out - but Peter Whittingham lashed the free kick high into the Norwich away support.

Hughton’s men broke out of their defensive shape to launch a counter with Gutierrez feeding Snodgrass who linked with the marauding Martin to eventually tee up Johnson, but the midfielder’s strike was deflected behind. Whittingham pulled a left footed attempt wide at the opposite end but that was his final contribution as Solksjaer hooked the midfielder for the precociously-talented Zaha with five minutes left until half-time. Cardiff continued to ratchet up the pressure with Clattenburg incurring Hughton’s wrath after failing to spot a clear tug on Olsson but the visitors reached the interval with their early lead intact.

But Cardiff stormed back at the start of the second period to turn the match completely on its head. Hooper’s intended square pass across his own penalty box was cut out by Zaha who rolled in Bellamy to rifle underneath the body of the advancing Ruddy.

Norwich then survived another goalmouth scramble in the seconds that followed but the Bluebirds took the lead from the resulting corner when Jones climbed above Martin and then slammed a volley from point blank range into the roof of the net when it fortuitously dropped down to the striker. Johnson was only denied by Marshall’s finger tip save onto his bar when he unleashed a 23 yard strike on his left during a breathless start to the second period.

Jones then inadvertently diverted Mutch’s strike against the base of Ruddy’s right-hand post but there was more than a suspicion of offside about the debutant’s positioning inside the Norwich penalty box.

Snodgrass connected twice with inviting Olsson’s deliveries but on both occasions the Scottish midfielder was left shaking his head after failing to test Marshall before Elmander hooked wide when he was allowed to advance fully 10 yards to the edge of the Bluebirds’ box.

Hughton made a triple substitution with Fer, Redmond and van Wolfswinkel all introduced for the final 15 minutes and the Dutchman was straight into the action when he miscued Snodgrass’ cross 12 yards out. Redmond did lash past Marshall a minute later but the wide player was correctly ruled offside.

Marshall then brilliantly denied Redmond in the 80th minute when he clawed out the midfielder’s fearsome low strike before Bellamy’s scrambling header off his own line kept out Hooper’s flick with the hosts’ desperately trying to preserve their lead.

Martin’s far post volley then clipped Caulker and dropped a yard over as Norwich pinned the Bluebirds back. City’s former keeper denied Norwich again in the 85th minute when he blocked Fer’s towering close range header from Snodgrass’ free kick with Norwich permanently camped on the edge of the home penalty area. Snodgrass headed against Marshall’s near post from Redmond’s corner as the siege showed no signs of abating before Bassong headed over on the six yard line deep in stoppage time from the tireless Snodgrass’ cross.

• Cardiff: Marshall, Fabio (Theophile-Catherine 75), Caulker, Turner, John; Whittingham (Zaha 38), Medel, Mutch (Gunnarsson 67), Noone; Bellamy, Jones. Subs (not used): Lewis; Campbell, Eikrem, Daehli.

• Booking: Noone (foul on Gutierrez, 59).

• Goals: Bellamy (49); Jones (51)

• Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson (Fer 75), Gutierrez (Redmond 75), Elmander (van Wolfswinkel 75), Hooper. Subs (not used): Bunn, Whittaker, Pilkington, Becchio.

• Bookings: Bennett (foul on Bellamy, 13); Elmander (unsportsmanlike conduct, 24); Tettey (foul on Medel, 32); Snodgrass (dissent, 90).

• Goal: Snodgrass (5)

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 5 minutes

• Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Durham)

• Attendance: 26,748

113 comments

  • I don't get all this criticism for the board and D.Mc. I haven't seen any of them ether on the pitch, or in the dugout this season. They are the same guys that saved our club from extinction and returned us to the top flight from the depths of league 1. As for those not renewing season tickets and feeling embarrassed to be NCFC, well goodbye, don't come back. The club will be around long after Mr Hughton has left and I for one will support my club until my last breath. We're no longer a team, players fans, manager and board seem to be totally divided at the moment. For that reason, something has to change. The manager has been stubbornly sticking with the same approach nearly 2 unsuccessful seasons now, creating the division and not learning from the failure game after game. Time for a change.

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    Double D

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I simply don't understand the silence from McN&Board while we commit soccer suicide. I can only believe McNally's hands are tied. Maybe there is a conspiracy after all...!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Must say I would like to see Phelan as manager but how likely is that to happen? OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I only went for a p and we were suddenly losing. Last 15 minutes showed what can be done but too late as always. This manager seems incapable of learning or reacting. He is a dysfunctional robot. Use the Leeds model - sack him now and move on. If we can`t get a point away at the bottom team, then we must write off all our remaining away games. Is that the plot? Hey-ho. Only ManC next week, but it`s at home so we should win easily. I despair.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • We didn't play well we let in two goals, get rid of Trollope, he was useless at Bristol Rovers.

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    gerry mitson

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • TK Man C,Squarez. Hat trick ? Didnt get that bit,but like the bit about 4 goals from our strikers!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Those of us who have been around a while know relegation form when we see it. Individuals played OK today, but the collective intent was not there, and it has become a regular aspect of our games..We need someone to instill confidence and flair back into the team. The players have no confidence, and no belief, and if the board doesn't act now I believe we will be relegated.

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    MikelSA

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • 1nil and you f it up lmfao and most of the others won to, better still the mighty town keep winning going down going down going down

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    Townman

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Better performance, but counts for little if no end product. Will someone PLEASE explain to the Country Vicar that a 1-0 lead is NOT worth defending. It has to be 2 clear goals before you can sit back + defend...DOH !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • We'll be fine next week, MB. Don't despair. Aguero's out injured so it'll be a stroll in the park!

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Sorry to say, but we're are going back to the Championship where we belong. We only just managed to stay up last season... and the flattering league position we finally attained shouldn't fool anyone. With very few points off the promoted sides and fellow strugglers, things are looking very bleak. And most of those fellow strugglers are starting to turn things around and score goals... something that Norwich seem incapable of doing. It's all very well saying 'we were unlucky', 'we should have won' , 'we deserved a point'... fact is we didn't, and at the moment our forward players couldn't hit a cow's bum with a banjo. At least we'll have the excitement of the Old Farm derby and a new manager to raise our spirits as we get used to second tier football for another ten or fifteen years. This is the reality that is staring us in the face unless the Board wake up and realize that CH will not be able to keep us up this time around. Peter Grant, Glenn Rodent, Gunny, Hughton.... I'm finding it hard to tell the difference.

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Hughtons one dimensional tactics again.i have said all along we were lucky last year and the position we finished in was a fluke. The guy is tactically clueless and a clown.

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    andys

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I hear CH has put in for the Managers job at the new Morrisons when it open, and the team are going with him to stack shelves, can anyone confirm this for me.

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    gravedigger

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • wallybrain, I`m beginning tio find the best comparison is with Roeder, of all people. Icy relationship with fans. Targetting a fans` favourite for humiliation. Negative tactics. Use of elderly loan players. In Roeder`s defence, he never had a lot of money to spend. Like Hughton, he relied heavily on one good `run` to keep us away from relegation. On the face of it Roeder was more nasty than bland, but you cannot take everything at face value.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Again, simply shocking team selection from CH. It's pretty evident from this performance that he's the one holding us back.I'm left thinking what we could have done to Cardiff in the first half had we set up differently, ie Redmond instead of Elmander and maybe Fer for Johnson.I've been convinced since the Fulham (1-2 home) game that we will go down, Really hope I'm wrong but this is the nail in the coffin. Sorry about the negativity. OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • If the CEO doesn't sack the manager tomorrow then he should be sacked instead !

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    la barbe

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I have a Norwich City beanie hat for sale if anyone's interested, I'm now too embarrassed to wear it after the result of todays game.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • 27 shots, that's really good. 6 on target, that's really poor.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Unfortunately, I expect to be sending my ' I told you so ' letter to Mr McNally at the end of the season. I trust he will tender his resignation forthwith, upon the receipt thereof. Disgraceful mismanagement of resources.

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    57charles

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • think the signing that we have to make is a coach to work with the forwards ! all the ones at the club are negative defenders. put the bloody boot in and pull the fingers out otbc !

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    sammo

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I hate to say this Cecil but we are in deep trouble.OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • ...N.A.M.. that's all I can say... if you cannot rally the players... then find another line of work!!

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    canuk

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Well what can i say that hasn't already been said? Seriously get shot of CH now! Before it is too late. Bring in someone who is not defensive and tactically inept. The only signing on transfer deadline day was another flaming defender, which of course we are really short of. Seriously what does it take for the board to get shot of him? Do they really want to be playing Championship football next season because carry on this way that's what will happen. Man City next my money is on 8-0 score line. Grrrrrrr

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    nobbly1

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • SACK HIM NOW

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    Keep it Low

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • El dingo, the hours I spent at Slough Bottom in my youth. Just kicking footballs around. There was a pub nearby called "The Galley Hill" (Gallows). Loads of relaxed time spent catching a few roach from the Wensum near Mile Cross Bridge. It was normal to get around on a push bike those days. Do you remember Loaf Athletic, GPO Phones and Eaton Rovers?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Mr. Beanie, use it to cover your head in shame for buying such a puerile object. But, before you do, have an exploratory operation to locate the picayune fragment of brain embedded in your skull.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • If relegation is death,NCFC booked the funeral today.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Sounds like we actually played ok. However, underlines why we needed reinforcements this January to late though.

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • what about this scenario, the toon are screaming for pardews head, they think the hoots is wonderful on tynside, how about a nice swap you can have him , we will have pardew lol

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    Dave

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • When the Wolf done his "Air Kick" it was game set and match same problem which has never been addressed a total lack of goals there are no excuses this week one up in 5 and could not score another... fact... so it's same old same... lucky unlucky no excuses

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    OLDYELLA

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Lets not wait untill we are in the bottom 3. Get him and his clowns out not. Mike phelan is our only answer!

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    mattc1

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • What a useless excuse for a manager this guy really is, as soon as they bought on saha, Redmond should have come on to give them something to think about, why leave it so long, and why isn't hoolahan playing he has got to go now!

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    Cockney.canary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I simply don't understand the silence from McN&Board while we commit soccer suicide. I can only believe McNally's hands are tied. Maybe there is a conspiracy after all...!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • I thought Norwich played well. Now defend the indefensible Go ?

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    PaulH

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Brew I can see Sloughbottom from here and there are a couple of wild horses you might call Turner and Johan. You will understand what I mean by "wild". Relegation is a real prospect. Norman Wanderers would not take Hughton just now I guess.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Season over. Nice while it lasted. Anyone want my ticket for Man City?

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    FXT Canary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • CH is not a Premierhip manager and it is reflected by the team he has gathered. Not one, apart from Redmond , is of Premiership quality. It is no surprise that the City are once again dangererously poised to make the drop. The board should have seen this coming . We all did.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • And Newcastle who arguably have had a bad January got beat 3 0 by a resurgent Sunderland under Poyet. We were lucky to come away with a draw against the Geordies... 3 goals, wouldn't that be grand..stuff of dreams. And RVW I said right at the start that he was too light for the premier. I think we've now passed the tipping point.

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    Gruff

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Why, why was I born a Norwich Fan?

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    A Fan

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • If the board don't make a change now, then we have major problems at that level. CH does not have the tactical read of the game to be an EPL manager. The changes were made too late. Not sure why RVW was brought on - either Elmander should have stayed as he was doing well at the point he was subbed, or Becchio who is a stronger player under the pressure of that game. It was obvious to the fans on the discussion groups ahead of the changes, so why not to CH and his coaches?

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Over to you, Chief Executive!!

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    la barbe

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Yes, we played reasonably well for much of the game and were unlicky not to score in that last 15 where we battered them. However the subs were too little too late, and enough is enough. I say throw the dice, it's never too late. Get someone else in who will be prepared to play the full 90 like we did the last 15. You know what, I've not felt he's the answer when suggested before, but I'd settle for Neil Adams caretaker manager to the end of the season if there are no other options. At least he could breath some life into us. We need a change. All he has to do is give the players a lift to the end of the season. We just need someone who can man manage and get the players believing in themselves! Doesn't need to be the ideal man for the job at this stage. No tactical genius or wizard in the ransfer market. Just someone with some fighting spirit and a will to attack teams!

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    Smudger75

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Let's be honest. We are going down this year unless something dramatic happens. The other teams have momentum and most have signed decent players in the window. Our only hope is to throw the dice and get someone in now to unite behind until the end of the season, How arrogant are our board to think that signing a couple of elderly players would address the problems. If you don't support the manager then get rid. This half in, half out situation is totally unsatisfactory. CH has torn the heart out of this club. The players are playing with no confidence and our highly priced centre forward is shaping to be the biggest flop since Dean Coney. This is where you want the CEO to act but where is he? Anyone who has been through a relegation season knows the signs.. top scorer with single figure goals.. check. Strife on and off the pitch... check. Some players not giving their all for the cause... check. 'Luck' against us check. Let's stop pretending and address this. Mr McNally you are supposed to be a top businessman. In what other line of work would you tolerate ineptitude on this scale. It's late in the day but we can still save it but time is running out quickly..

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I think RVW has talent and the ability to score goals in the PL but what chance does he have with CH as manager. The moment he came here hughton chipped away at his confidence and ability with negativity. I am given time a proper manager could get some quality out of him. Hughton OUT

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Too late to sack him now. Failure to act by the Board in NovDec has lead to inevitable relegation. The heart of a great club has been ripped out by this Managerial wet blanket . It was as if all the skill, ideas and passion have been deliberately coached out of this team.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Brewer, don't be a planker. If we used the Leeds model, we'd sack Hughton and then reinstate him, simultaneously denying that we'd ever got rid of him in the first place. Nice to see you and Stew on the live coverage this afternoon

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Captain McNally, we are doomed I say, we're Doomed !

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • We only have Man City next week and Sqaurez has a hat trick even if he does not play so we only need to score 4 as a minimum. Just as well our expensive strikers are on form then.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Who siad changing the manager does not work for the teams down and around the bottom!

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Great game today especially the second half. can't wait for the Man City game...

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Taxi for Mr H

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    Patrick Grey

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I simply don't understand the silence from McN&Board while we commit soccer suicide. I can only believe McNally's hands are tied. Maybe there is a conspiracy after all...!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Thanks TK, Oh and to Mr Carrow is in the house how about Donald Duck for manager, we appear to have a cartoon character already, but which one ....

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Hughtons constant negativity has ground the attacking ability, confidence and drive out all the players

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Riever, how many players in our team today have premier experience with another club? For that matter how many are likely to in the future? Possibly Fer and Redmond I'd say. Phelan has vast experience of the prem as assistant to the most successful manager the prem has ever seen and possibly could have used his relationship with the club so that Zaha was playing for us today. Too late for that now. Steve Clark would do better than this bunch of idiots but then who wouldn't?

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    waclor

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Going down.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • It's too late to revive this season now. Actually it's been too late for far too long. My anger is directed squarely at the board. I suspect and hope that McNally, left to his own devices would have changed things long ago. There are those on the board - those who would have kept Gunn for example, who are clueless beyond redemption and should resign en masse.

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    Arbee

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • A new low today as we managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! This is probably the defining moment of the season and the tipping point from which we will descend into the Championship. Apart from a clueless manager we also, let's be honest, have a team which includes some honest toilers but who are really only Championship level players. Having said that PL managed to get that level of player to believe in themselves and to play with passion and with no small amount of skill in that they did the basics well. They passed and ran off the ball - more than can be said for this lot. Hughton has them training all week yet they appear on the pitch as though they were strangers brought together at the last moment. Coaching can't make you a brilliant player but it can make you effective within a team. Unhappily Hughton hasn't got a clue how to go about teaching the very basics of the game - probably too wrapped up in his charts, chalk boards and theory and missing the blindingly obvious. Down we go.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • What a shower. Sack him now. Grow a pair McNally!

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I have been saying for weeks now , you cant hope to win games scoring less than a goal a game. Why have other sides changed managers,look at Sunderland for example, why is every other side scoring freely. Today was must win we were playing the bottom side for crying out loud how can we hope to beat anyone else away? I agree with other posters that Hughton was not trusted with hard cash in the transfer window if that is so then it surely is time to relieve him of his duties along with his sidekicks.If or probably when we finally fall into the bottom 3 next week will that finally make the Board act ? On the positive front I gthink we have the players to stay up this season but pls Mr Mac take heed of Palace and Sunderlands revival under new managers and give our squad a vital lift and leadership for the dog fight ahead.

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    Mawther07

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Wiv, Yes it was tongue in cheek comment as we always seem to alow Squarez to score multiple goals against us. The big problem is Man City have half a dozen more players capable of knocking easy goals past us. The starting line up sounded right but we seem to fall apart as soon as we concede a goal. It does not sound as though RVW done anything once he came on again today and I fear we will not get lucky two seasons on the trot. How I wish I had cancelled my season ticket renewal on Friday but at least we may get two more home games for our bucks next season.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Once again the players failed to do what they are paid for score goals, what was it 31 chances on goal at home to Cardiff, and according to Sky Sports we had another load of chanced against Cardiff, especially in the second half, its not all Hoots faults,

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Watched 2nd half, 3 mins of stupidity to gift Cardiff two goals and then how the ball stayed out , only Marshall and the woodwork knows. It does not look good, Manchester City next. Its probably too late to make a management change now with effectively 10 games before the last 4. Take out the Man City game and its only 14 points from 9 games !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Mattc I agree! Please Mr Phelan come & help us

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    elmboy

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Mike Phelan

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    mattc1

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • What a shower. Sack him now. Grow a pair McNally!

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • This is no longer Chris Hughtons fault. It is the chief exec and boards fault that he wasn't sacked months ago. When, now, not if, we get relegated, it will be the direct result of the boards negligent inaction.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Well said Jops ! I thought City were desperately unlucky not to get something from the game - Cardiff had a tremendous amount of luck and they know it. Of course we are disappointed not to have got points, but overall it was very fine margins. Come on City, take the positives - Man City at home next week - what a time to turn them over again ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Now let me see. Cardif fhad the second worst defensive record in the Prem. and we still couldn't get a result. How did the teams that are around us get on today? Oh yes,they all scored goals to win games. We probably wouldn't score more than one goal in a game if we played for 180 minutes against a girls team. We have so far managed the huge total of 19 goals for, and if McNally got his head out of his rear end, he would have got shot of Hughton and co. long ago. Other teams saw the light, changed managers and look at them go. We have the worst manager of the lot, and Mcnally and the board sit on their hands and watch as Hughton destroys our beloved club. Beware McNally, because the pot of Premiership gold is coming to an end, because of you ignorance, and it took a long time and a good manager to get us here. On the bright side, it's only Man. City next week so why am I worrying?

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    oldtimer

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Oh yeah and Hughton OUT

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Over to you, Chief Executive!!

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    la barbe

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Has McDermott actually been reinstated, BillP`sBP? It was rumoured. Bizarre. I feel, like Hoots, that I cannot comprehend it. First time I`ve had a go at that live coverage thing. The Archies seem to have made it easier to access? I was even able to use `Gek Brouwer`! All Double Dutch to me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • OK, now the board has to act. If you don't trust the manager with money in the transfer window, then you don't trust the manager. After next weekend will;be bottom 3 with only Fulham having a worse GD. The writing is on the wall otherwise.

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    Ded Sterile

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Funnily enough this was one of are more attacking games under mr hughton, but mcnally enough is enough now, come on? we don't have many games left, and we know are last 4 are awful fixtures, you cant waste more time??

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    hooley14

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Although im not a great fan of hughton he cannot be totally blamed for this result.Lay the blame at hooper for passing across his own box and the defenders for switching off at the corner!only thing i would say against hughton today is becchio should have been on instead of Rvw and the subs on 10 mins earlier.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • another win for town and another loose for you narwich fans what a good satuday its been coyb,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    born a tractor boy

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Thought the big difference was the Keepers, Ruddy his usual "Butterfingers" and Marshal good quality. Thought the team as a whole played well but have noticed for several games that Ruddy is easy to beat.

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    goldie

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • I simply cannot believe that anyone with a brain in their head could defend Hughton. I don't actually believe the so called "Happy Clappers" really exist. They are 1p5wich trolls. Defrock the Country Vicar NOW! Get Phelan in. I'd even take Colin W*nker as manager just till the end of the season, if he kept us up. (Sack him come the summer obviously...)- LOL !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • el dingo, just because you know there`s a conspiracy doesn`t mean you`re paranoid. It`s the others, you can`t trust anyone. Bill Punton`s debating whether to have a hysterectomy or an Expresso with St. Paul. Others are feeling despondent at Sloughbottom. Me, I`ve just had a parcel of Dubai Canary`s Pollyanna Potion and everything`s wonderful! Thanks, Dubai. Please send me a few Lotuses too, next time; I`m hungry. Or do I need a car? Forgot, now. I suppose City`s share price will drop if we`re relegated? Is there a `share price`, as such?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Spot on Goldie, the first goal was more like a schoolboy error and the second should have been fisted into row Z. Mind you, I am not sure why Martin turned his back on play from 2 yards out either, again like a schoolboy frightened of the ball hitting him in the face perhaps.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Canary Call was remarkably restrained in the circumstances. Almost as if people have lost all hope. I reckon even Dubai Canary`s Lotus eating lifestyle won`t prevent a slight diminution in his usual nirvanaic state.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • In the first twenty minutes I felt some empathy for the Cardiff fans, they were as gutless and as terrible as I've witnessed this season. If we hadn't tried to then defend a one goal lead they wouldn't have got back into it. We went to sleep start of the second half and it might've gone silly if Cardiff were better. Then we played well for the last fifteen minutes to try and earn a draw, earn a draw instead of go for a win 60 minutes earlier, where is the logic in that strategy? I really hope he doesn't manage us in the championship.

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    Gruff

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Think we should do what fat Sam did against Chelsea and have a 10 man defence, then we may draw. Not pretty but points are needed and it's hard to see where they are going to come from.

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    FXT Canary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • If the Chief Exec hasn't lined up possible replacements for the manager's job then we are lost and he should be ashamed of himself. Boot the Hoot!

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    la barbe

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • If he had an ounce of respectability he would resign, but no he'll eventually be sacked with a nice little pay off and our club will be down the pan. A nice holiday on the beach and Hughton forgets it ever happened,

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    Bookface

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Remember McNally couldn't even afford to by the Carrow rd Go Go Gorilla, so who did you expect him to sign for the first team in January?

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    KeithS

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • At the moment, looks like the two of us (ourselves and Cardiff) will be going down together. Aside from a 5-10 minute spell where Cardiff (somehow) got their goals, it was all us. DM is in an awful position now though, good performance but absolutely poop result. Football is a results business, mind. IF there is a change, now is as late as they can leave it.

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    Mr. Livers

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Now let me see. Cardif fhad the second worst defensive record in the Prem. and we still couldn't get a result. How did the teams that are around us get on today? Oh yes,they all scored goals to win games. We probably wouldn't score more than one goal in a game if we played for 180 minutes against a girls team. We have so far managed the huge total of 19 goals for, and if McNally got his head out of his rear end, he would have got shot of Hughton and co. long ago. Other teams saw the light, changed managers and look at them go. We have the worst manager of the lot, and Mcnally and the board sit on their hands and watch as Hughton destroys our beloved club. Beware McNally, because the pot of Premiership gold is coming to an end, because of you ignorance, and it took a long time and a good manager to get us here. On the bright side, it's only Man. City next week so why am I worrying?

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    oldtimer

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • To not sack this idiot now is sheer cowardice by the board. Complacency all round. Feels like a relegation season now.

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Only managed to watch the last 30 minutes, but apparently (according to Bassong) all we need is a bit of LUCK. Is that right, anyone?

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • It's looking increasingly bleak. In actual fact we were extremely lucky to get a point at Hull & Newcastle. Critically analyse thjose games, and we should have been well beaten, so this set back against lowly Cardiff is no real surpise. This is the first time I have put this to print, but CH and his assistants must go, NOW! Wait any longer and it's to late. The players are shorn of confidence, playing this numbingly defence minded type of footbal, no matter the good words from Snodgrass and Martin. Ironically this was one of our best attacking displays, which should be the case against the team with the worst defensive record in the league? Who is going to be the replacement manager, and for goodness sake, do not come up with Phelan, he has no track record managing in the PL. Come back Malky, quickly please.

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    The Border Riever

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • I fear it's too late to change to succeed, if survival can be considered success? We are being overtaken by teams with momentum ... Indecision at the top is proving costly! But it's not too late to change to hope ... Hope would be wonderful; way preferable to fearing the worst! Doing nothing changing nothing is not an option

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    A Fan

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • 13 games left after man c needing 4 wins that's winning every other game b4 the final 4 ... Time is running out

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    A Fan

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Hughton out. Nothing else worth saying.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I once had a girlfriend from Slough, who could be a bit of a cow. While her bottom was round, she was stocky and bland, not even a sock could she sow.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Adrift and listless. Slowly sinking. Sad.

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    Seattlescion

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Didn't McNally say "relegation is worse than death?" Didn't McNally say he wanted us to be looking at round about 10th this season? NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • its days like this when i really wish I had a cat. I wonder if RVW has a cat? it would be a pretty cosy life for the moggie

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    malmocanary

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Today Wolfswinkel shew his true worth. Which is zero. He is an expensive mistake and should never get near the first team again.

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    theanchovy

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Regardless of the general team issues today we were unlucky. Jones' header hit the defenders back and bounced right at his foot to score. 3 great saves and a couple of other shots that might have gone in on another day. I liked the way we closed the ball dow. Today and had we won we would have been pleased that at least we showed some attacking intent today. Hooper's horror pass changed the game, but he won't do it again. My biggest fear is that for as long as I can remember we dont deal well with fast forwards like Zaha and Bellamy on the break.. RVW, Becchio and Hoolahan are all suffering from the lack of reserve football in the current system.. who would really want to go and play in the under 21s when they are over 30? ... stupid system denying a lot of players match sharpness. I don't care if CH stays or goes... Like McNally I just want us to win matches and stay up.... Whatever it takes

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    jops

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • To El Dingo: what can McNally and the board say? Nothing that will make any difference on the pitch. The strategy has been is to trust Hughton. Obviously they'll be as disappointed as all of us fans. The only thing we can do is support the team as long as they give it their best shot. We don't have a divine right to win matches. I'm as frustrated as anyone about our performances, especially or inability to counterattack and attack incisively.

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    pablo

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Pablo well I see what you mean but I think the plebs would feel better if we thought the Board was aware of our considerable concerns. They might want Championship but we don't. Brew the GH has been a booty salon for years now. I don't live here but old associations.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Re: RVW- Indeed Gruff. I looked @ his light build + lack of presence + immediately said this signing would either be a spectacular success or a terrible failure...I wish the " He's going to come good any day soon" brigade would deliver on their promise to the rest of us. Please don't tell me RVW is not getting the service. Holty + Iwan often didn't get the service. They still scored though cos they made their own chances by sheer muscle power + bloody-mindedness !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I thought today was a mustnt lose game for NCFC. Looks pretty dicey for us now. We have West Ham Tuesday week. Lose that and we're in big trouble.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • ive said all season long while this muppet is in charge we will go down soooooooooooo glad I have cancelled my season ticket for next year did he big up there team in the post match interview as he does it all the time with or without him the future is not bright to late to change WELL DONE THE BOARD 1 supporter down how many will follow

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    box 29

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • No one should be even slightly surprised.

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    A fine city

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Snatched defeat from the jaws of victory! Pathetic display at the back. Total lack of concentration and focus. That might well be the game that defines our season and sees us relegated. As Wivenhoe says we would need 14 points from nine games to save ourselves. Impossible given our performances in the first two dozen! Hughton should have gone months ago but now it is all too late. We have lacked quality, motivation, and the very basic skills all season. It has been clear as day to most of us yet the Board has sat on its hands and in May they will be counting the cost. But as ever it will be the fans who will suffer the most. Hughton will go (goodness knows where) and the higher paid players will move on, probably most of them without even looking over their shoulders. We have been sunk by inept coaching, which has seen the team slip backwards this season and which doesn't even appear to understand the need for applying the very basics of the game. Amid all the failures, we needed a marquee signing in January to lift the team if nothing else.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • It's looking desperate now. Current management team has to go NOW! Peed off with the board for not doing a lot more in the transfer window, Becchio is a better finisher than RVW will ever be.

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    Bookface

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I have been a hoof the Hooter for a long time; since the beginning actually. Yet we played well today though we lost. Terrible mistake for their equaliser. RvW contributed almost nothing.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Oh dear oh dear - just look at all the teams below - they are winning their games and catching up. A big touch of gravity for Ncfc.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • McNally you said relegation was akin to death. YOU ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE by keeping those three idiots. Wake up man. MoTD decided that Norwich are rubbish under Hughton by alway putting our game last on the programme. ARE YOU BLIND or STUPID?

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Fellow fans... We can whinge all we want about what we want to happen, but it is much more constructive to do what we can to get the best from what we have got. As fans we can help players who are young and new to the squad to feel welcome here and show them that we believe in them. Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Elmander and Olsson always fight and try hard. Fer, Howson, Redmond and Hooper are potential match winners on their day... Gutierrez gives us strength.. Ruddy is a good keeper and we are lucky to have kept him... If we criticise the good guys too much their heads will go down.. better to support them and let them know we believe in them as men than to criticise them because they are not Yaya Toure or Suarez... they are our team, it is time to show them some love.. that is within our power... getting CH sacked is not in our power.. so let's do what we can to encourage them so that they believe in themselves and lets stop criticising them and putting them on the backfoot even more by also having to defend themselves from the fans wrath.

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    jops

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Border Riever, we lost at Hull! We did manage to trounce them 1-0 at home with an 87th minute headed goal, by a defender from a corner.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

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