Manchester United 2 Blackburn Rovers 3

A disastrous result that has left United’s attempt to top the league in tatters after losing at HOME against the team last in the league! A makeshift side was put out by Sir Alex Ferguson, 70 years old today, due to the raft of injuries the team is suffering from. Dimitar Berabtov gave away a cheap penalty when he pulled Samba down in the box and Yakubu put the ball past De Gea, back in the side after two games, and he later put a shot under the legs of the Spanish keeper for Rovers’ second. De Gea had his worst game in a United short today as a very weak jump for a crossed ball led to the Hanley scoring Blackburn’s third. United by then had brought the scores back to 2-2 after Berbatov scored his 5th and 6th goals in three matches and United were rampaging forward on both flanks. De Gea’s flimsy goalkeeping let us down badly today though the second Rovers goal was a travesty of errors ranging from Carrick to Phil Jones. SAF needs to spend as this United squad is the weakest in a long time. Anderson came back from injury but the list goes on and on and on! Furthermore Rooney was left out of the squad in dubious circumstances, rumours flow…

 

Manchester United Team

1   David De Gea

3  Patrice Evra

16 Micheal Carrick

4  Phil Jones

25 Antonio Valencia

17 Nani

21 Rafael

13 Ji-Sung Park

19 Danny Welbeck

9 Dimitar Berbatov (2 Goals)

14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

 

SUBSTITUTES

Anderson on for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

William Keane on for Rafael

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The Hobbit Trailer

How this got under my radar I know not! Very, very excited about this. Martin from the Office will make a perfect young Bilbo. I know a lot of people are not happy with Jackson’s retelling of Tolkein’s masterpiece but I think he got the visuals bang on.

War in the Pacific Admiral’s Edition. Game vs Herb

Early February 1943

Intelligence services provided an extremely valuable nugget of information to Fleet Command in the early days of February. The call sign that hitherto been identified to the light carrier Zuiho had been located some350-450 miles to the North East of Midway Island. Needless to say this caused a minor panic at Pearl Harbour and immediate orders were given to all incoming convoys from the mainland, and there were a lot of them, to reroute immediately and to steer away from the North East approaches of Pearl and to seek new routes further to the West and South West. An LB-30 squadron was transferred from Adak Island into Pearl to use their long legs to scour the ocean while Catalinas at Midway revectored their search arcs and a 100% effort was asked for and given. 8 submarines, recently upgraded with the latest submarine radar units, enroute from Pearl to Midway, were also ordered to move into the waters the suspected enemy ships were moving into.

Two days later a call sign of a destroyer were also detected, this time much further to the East of the last detection. Something was definitely up, Several picket ships of older class destroyers and small range minesweepers were sent on an arc stretching from due West to NNE. Increased detection of enemy submarines in the approaches to Pearl also compounded the sense of alarm and paranoia gripping Hawaiian Command. The first visual sighting of an enemy ship, and confirmation that something was up came when an auxiliary cruiser opened fire on a two ship convoy that was the regular mail delivery from San Francisco to Pearl. This first engagement came to naught as several shots were exchanged at long range but no hits were recorded. The next day, however, using the ever increasing weather as cover, the Japanese vessel was able to sneak up closely and sink the John C.Calhoun . Attempts to intercept this raider with destroyers and planes were unsuccessful.

Final proof and confirmation came the next day when LB-30’s and submarines were able to triangulate radio traffic and establish a solid position. LB-30’s were tasked to focus their search on a small angle of ocean and one lucky craft, at the extreme limit of its range sighted the Japanese ships smack in the middle of the US backyard!

Several hours later Mayday signals were received from the Minesweeper Herald, claiming she was under heavy aerial attack. Likewise the Captain of the picket destroyer Allen reported that his ship was sinking after being attacked and heavily damaged by dive bombers at position 196,95.

Merchant convoys scattered to the four winds as the enemy threat revealed itself. One particular fortunate convoy was a fuel laden 4 tanker convoy heading to Pearl Harbour that was immediately recalled to San Francisco when the revealed Japanese ships were seen to be uncomfortably close to their position! A very daring move by the IJN and a combination of luck, bad weather and cryptic analyst brilliance saved the USN from a minor disaster.

War in the Pacific Admiral’s Edition. Game vs Herb

End of January Sit Rep

A very good month for the Silent Service with 189,788 tons of enemy shipping either sunk or damaged, the crowning glory of which was the Sunfish’s attack on the Kaga. This brave vessel, however, is missing in action presumed sunk. Her last report indicated she was shadowing Kaga’s sister, Akagi, into the anchorage at Babeldoab. She is now five days overdue and it is feared she met her fate in the shallow waters surrounding that island. Our submariners have forced the enemy to redeploy his convoy routes as the early days in February have yielded just three attacks. Captains have been ordered to scour the ocean near the Home Islands for the new routes and to persue their targets with more aggression!

The recapture of Merauke for little initial loss, though a number of small LCVPs and two medium sized transports have been lost post with, was a great success and support from Horn Island and heavies based on the Australian mainland will keep Merauke fighting. Japanese reaction is expected and the building of fortifications is taking priority in the main base area.

January's harvest!