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Match Report: Chelsea vs Liverpool (29.12.13) L 2-1

Liverpool adjusted their defence: Mamadou Sakho moved out to left back and Daniel Agger came in at centre back, Aly Cissokho losing his place and dropping down to the bench. Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson retained their defensive positions. I can remember when we tried a non-specialist wing back earlier in the season and I’m not overkeen. Let’s hope the formula works today. The rest of the side was the same as it has been for a few games, the upper triangle of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez taking responsibilities in attack. Two minutes in and we won a free kick in a nice position out on the left. Jordan Henderson was tackled heavily by Samuel Eto’o and needed treatment. The set piece was floated in and Luis Suarez, meeting his bite victim, Branislav Ivanovic with football skills and not barbecue skills, neatly beat him to the ball, heading it towards goal where the hungry Martin Skrtel was waiting to knock it over the line. A goal up in the third minute: A perfect start! And a fine way for Suarez to avenge his ban. Chelsea didn’t take it lying down. They were attacking us straight away and making headway. The ball was floated into the box a lot, far more than it has been from other opposition. Glen Johnson made a vital goal line clearance. Gary Cahill headed a good header wide. Simon Mignolet’s dexterity in goal was tested by a decent Frank Lampard shot. Our midfield wasn’t holding up well at all and Chelsea were cutting through us like butter. The defence looked haphazard too and, when Eden Hazard broke through with a lucky rebounded pass from Oscar that had rebounded off Sakho, the Chelsea danger man curled it nicely past Mignolet and the Blues were deservedly level. The defence was on a back foot and disorganised. Daniel Agger had actually fitted into the side at left back, not in the centre, and he was found out of position for the goal. I don’t think that, as a team, we had settled well. We weren’t controlling the game as we usually do. Perhaps Chelsea were effective in breaking up our pattern of play, or maybe something just wasn’t clicking at Stamford Bridge? Ivanovic had to call it a day and went off injured for Ashley Cole to come on in his place. Our whole formation was…

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Wez G DJ Tips – Number 1 – TIMING I have been DJing in clubs since 1995 and have a wealth of experience. Shuffle have taught DJing professionally with the Shuffle DJ Academy…  As part of this tumblr microblog I want to share some professional DJ Tips… So here we go… Number 1: TIMING A lot of people don’t realise just how essential timing is to DJing. Timing may confuse a few… Timing doesn’t refer to beatmatching the pitch of two records. I’ll deal with that separately. Timing refers in this to ‘cue points’ and when to ‘drop a record’. I say ‘record’ – It could refer to CD or digital – the same applies to whatever your preferred format is. A good DJ needs to have a feel for music, for the right time to make that transition between two tunes. It is the absolute art of DJing, blending or mixing music to give continuity to the dancefloor or home listener. A key point for this transition is when to begin it and when to end it. This is what timing refers to. You’ve seen vinyl DJs moving the record back and forth on the cue point (usually starting beat) and then proceeding to drop the record. This isn’t for show. For every pair of well-selected records there are only a few places where a good transition is possible and normally there is but one unique ‘sweet spot’ a precise moment in time, a microsecond in the duration of the set, where the mix will be perfect. this is what I mean by timing and how essential it is.    It does help if the beats and tempo are matching up – synched for a better word… But believe it or not this isn’t as fundamentally important as timing. Without tempo synchronisation the mix will drift and you may end up with that horrid train wreck effect but the mix will sound right to a certain extent. A well-timed mix with poor beatmatching is actually sonically preferable to a poorly timed mix with synched beats. How do I choose the ‘sweet spot’? Well technically there is no absolute science to this and it is perhaps one of the biggest parts of ‘fun’ for a DJ when he is in the mix… Have I hit the mix properly? Is it going to sound great? You need to have a basic…

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