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Tony Hibbert in hoodie with Everton fans during FA Cup clash against Oldham

Hoodie is no help for Hibbert who is spotted in with the Everton fans for Oldham clash

enjoyed a testimonial at Goodison.

The match, against AEK Athens, was the only time Hibbert has scored for the club.

He tucked home a free-kick to seal a 4-1 win and prompt a mass pitch invasion.

VIDEO: Everton fans run amok after Hibbert finally scores

Darron Gibson out for a month with thigh strain

Everton star Gibson out of action for a month after suffering thigh strain

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Everton midfielder Darron Gibson will be out of action for at least a month after suffering a thigh strain.

The Irishman will miss the Merseysiders’ fixtures against Newcastle, Swansea, Southampton and West Brom in January.

Everton manager David Moyes said: 'I think he's going to be out for about four weeks.

Gibson should be back in time for the clash against former club Manchester United on February 10.

Injured: Gibson will be out for at least a month

Injured: Gibson will be out for at least a month

The 25-year-old spent more than two months on the sidelines earlier in the season with a similar problem.

He missed 10 Barclays Premier League matches as a result and a further absence is a significant blow to Everton as he has been one of their key players since arriving in January.

Moyes still has Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman out, while Phil Neville (knee) had to be rested against Chelsea having played two matches in five days on his comeback from surgery.

Everton 1 Arsenal 1: Marouane Fellaini earns a point after Theo Walcott"s lightning fast start

Everton 1 Arsenal 1: Fellaini a hit but it's a sore point for Moyes

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This has been a season that has hinted at great promise for Everton but it is also bringing David Moyes great frustration.

While Moyes should feel content with how his side are performing and the way his players blend, the rewards are simply not coming.

Arsenal’s visit to Goodison Park last night merely added another chapter to an increasingly familiar story.

Hair-raising: Marouane Fellaini drew Everton level after 27 minutes with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area

Hair-raising: Marouane Fellaini drew Everton level after 27 minutes with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area

Celebration time: Everton's players mob Fellaini after he scores their leveller

Celebration time: Everton's players mob Fellaini after he scores their leveller

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith (Oviedo 61), Gibson (Hitzlsperger 72), Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic

Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios

Goal: Fellaini 28

Booked: Gibson, Oviedo

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny (Gibbs 4), Vermaelen, Walcott, Ramsey (Gervinho 79), Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla (Coquelin 90), Giroud

Subs not used: Mannone, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jenkinson

Goal: Walcott 1

Booked: Gibbs

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Attendance: 37,141

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Despite falling behind to a goal from
Theo Walcott after 52 seconds — the quickest strike of the campaign
until Robin van Persie popped up at Old Trafford in the later kick-off —
Everton dominated Arsene Wenger’s side but all they had to show for
their efforts was Marouane Fellaini’s equaliser.

They deserved so much more.

There is no better venue in the
country for football to be played under floodlights than this
atmospheric old stadium and, given the encouraging start Everton have
made to the campaign, the sense of anticipation before kick-off was
tangible.

The expectation, though, was checked
within just 52 seconds. Everton’s shape and concentration was lacking as
the game got under way and that allowed Walcott to power through the
middle, trading passes with Aaron Ramsey before finishing smartly via a
deflection off Tony Hibbert.

After the frustrations his side
experienced against Aston Villa at the weekend, this was the kind of
start Wenger had dreamed about.

It was also an opportunity for —Walcott to show why Arsenal should do all they can to agree new terms.

This was Walcott’s 10th goal in his
last 18 appearances. The ratio might not be as prolific as the now
departed Robin van Persie, but it is still an impressive return and not
the type that could be easily — or cheaply — replaced if he was to
leave.

Lightning start: Theo Walcott (centre) fired Arsenal into the lead after just 52 seconds - the quickest Premier League goal of the season until Robin Van Persie scored after 31 for Man United

Lightning start: Theo Walcott (centre) fired Arsenal into the lead after just 52 seconds – the quickest Premier League goal of the season until Robin Van Persie scored after 31 for Man United

Down low: Tim Howard makes a save as Tony Hibbert and Theo Walcott watch on

Down low: Tim Howard makes a save as Tony Hibbert and Theo Walcott watch on

Tough tackling: Everton's Steven Pienaar gets stuck in to Bacary Sagna

Tough tackling: Everton's Steven Pienaar gets stuck in to Bacary Sagna

Fully committed: Sagna gets a foot in to steal the ball away from Nikica Jelavic

Fully committed: Sagna gets a foot in to steal the ball away from Nikica Jelavic

CROWD WATCH

There were no controversial chants and just a great atmosphere under the Goodison Park floodlights.

This hard-fought match was played in an environment that you would hope for and expect at most Premier League stadiums.

He was involved in everything
encouraging Arsenal did in the opening exchanges and the assured,
elegant way the visitors moved the ball around after that goal may have
caused Moyes to worry that a defeat similar to the 6-1 drubbing Arsenal
administered here in August 2009 was on the cards.

This Everton team, however, is made of
much sterner character and, crucially, it is imbued with more quality.
Roared on by the partisan crowd, they carried the fight to Arsenal,
asserting their physical presence and energy.

Central to the plot was the imposing presence of Fellaini.

Reflexes: Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny keeps out an attempt by Everton's Sylvain Distin

Reflexes: Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny keeps out an attempt by Everton's Sylvain Distin

Breaking clear: Pienaar tries to shake off the attentions of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

Breaking clear: Pienaar tries to shake off the attentions of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

Letting rip: Pienaar gets past former Evertonian Mikel Arteta to get in a strike at goal

Letting rip: Pienaar gets past former Evertonian Mikel Arteta to get in a strike at goal

On the run: Pienaar takes on the Arsenal defence

On the run: Pienaar takes on the Arsenal defence

He is always guaranteed to stand out
from the crowd because of his unique hairstyle and huge frame, but he is
also a superb footballer.

Arsenal were just the latest team to discover how difficult it is to contain him.

It came as no surprise, then, that
Fellaini was the man who restored parity. There did not appear much on
when he latched onto a loose ball which Bacary Sagna had failed to
control but, showing great poise, he swept a left-footed curling shot
past Wojciech Szczesny from 25 yards.

That came at the end of a spell of
Everton pressure and gave the hosts even more confidence. They set about
trying to poke their noses in front and should have done so on 39
minutes when Nikica Jelavic crafted a wonderful chance.

High flyers: Mikel Arteta tries to reach the ball as Marouane Fellaini ushers it along with his chest

High flyers: Mikel Arteta tries to reach the ball as Marouane Fellaini ushers it along with his chest

Sandwich: Aaron Ramsey (left) and Mikel Arteta close in on Everton's Leighton Baines

Sandwich: Aaron Ramsey (left) and Mikel Arteta close in on Everton's Leighton Baines

Tangle: Theo Walcott tries to break free of Leon Osman (left) and Tony Hibbert

Tangle: Theo Walcott tries to break free of Leon Osman (left) and Tony Hibbert

His chest control and subsequent
turning of Per Mertesacker was exemplary but, unfortunately for the
Croatian, he blazed his shot over the bar.

It was a strike symptomatic of a striker who has only scored twice since the end of September.

Moyes may have been frustrated that
Everton could not get the second goal their play merited but half-time
did not check their momentum. They came out after the break with the
same drive and determination and, as a result, Arsenal’s ambitions were
limited to simply withstanding the intense pressure.

With Moyes never leaving his technical area, constantly urging his players forward, Everton tried to turning the screw.

First Steven Naismith went close, then
Sylvain Distin headed straight at Szczesny from point blank range when
picked out by Leighton Baines.

Baines and Steven Pienaar’s
combination play was a particular nuisance for Arsenal and Pienaar
should have had a penalty in the 64th minute when he surged into
Arsenal’s box but referee Michael Oliver felt Mikel Arteta’s challenge
on the South African was legitimate and awarded a corner.

The way Moyes reacted, flinging his arms out and shaking his head, told its own story.

Frustration. Plain and simple.

Leon Osman escapes grumpy old men at Everton to fulfil England dream

Osman escapes grumpy old men at Everton to fulfil England dream in Sweden

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Leon Osman normally spends international week trying to cheer up Everton’s version of the grumpy old men.

‘There’s usually four or five of us left behind,’ said Osman. ‘There’s me, Phil Neville, Sylvain Distin, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar, now he’s retired from international football.

‘There’s not much you can do. It’s usually running. I’m a lot happier to be here, I can tell you. I’m sure they’ll miss me. I’m the lively one.’

Tache-tastic: Osman has been called up for the first time at the age of 31

Tache-tastic: Osman has been called up for the first time at the age of 31

On Wednesday, Osman will be in Sweden with England, called into the senior team for the first time at the age of 31, and it was a popular choice by Roy Hodgson.

‘We were out on the training pitch when I saw more staff than usual by the side of the pitch,’ said Osman. ‘I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Then the manager called us together in a circle and announced I was in the squad.

‘There was a lot of hair ruffling and kidney punching and the child-like stuff that comes with it. All the staff were cheering. It was a great moment.’

Osman went home and put on Sky Sports News, sat his sons Cole and Deacon in front of the screen and watched as his eldest Cole, aged seven, worked it out. ‘It was a great moment,’ said Osman.

Fine form: The midfielder has helped Everton into fourth place

Fine form: The midfielder has helped Everton into fourth place

‘There was a confused look on his face and I said, “That’s our name, you know”. When he realised, he was made up. I’m sure he’ll be allowed to stay up and watch.

‘When England play, I’m usually screaming at the telly with my scarf in my hand. I wouldn’t say I’d given up. It was looking more and more unlikely but, as an English lad, I’d never say never.

‘It’s fantastic to be here. If it’s a one-off that’s great but, being the character I am, if I get in the squad I want a cap and if I get one cap I’ll want two. I don’t think I’ll settle for anything but if it turns out to be one cap I’ll be delighted.’

Everton v Newcastle live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Everton v Newcastle – as it happens from Goodison Park

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Everton host Newcastle at Goodison Park to round off the weekend's action. The Toffees will hope to build on a strong start to the season and seal three points to help them climb into third, while Alan Pardew will hope to record the Toon's first victory since the opening day. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Everton 0-0 Newcastle (8pm)

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Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka,
Distin, Baines, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Mirallas, Jelavic.
Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Naismith, Gueye, Coleman, Anichebe, Duffy.

Newcastle:
Harper, Perch, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Cabaye, Anita,
Gutierrez, Marveaux, Cisse, Ben Arfa.
Subs: Elliot, Gosling, Ba,
Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Tavernier.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

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4min: Jelavic limps off for a moment but is back on again a couple of minutes later. He is till limping but I think he will run that off.

2min: And already Everton have the ball in the net but Newcastle breath a sigh of relief as it is ruled offside.

Marouane Fellaini's attempted shot from a cross is parried away by Steve Harper but only to Nikica Jelavic who taps home shortly before the flag is raised.

It's the correct call but there is a delay in play as the Croatian is down in pain having collided with the post.

Kick-off: The game gets underway…

20.00: Applause from everyone inside the ground as the names of those that lost their lives are displayed on the big screen under a message saying 'Merseyside United.'

19.56: Touching scenes as the players make their way out. Two mascots lead the way holding hands, one wearing a Liverpool kit, the other an Everton kit with the numbers nine and six on their backs in reference to the Hillsborough disaster.

19.53: We've already touched on where Everton could end up this evening but Newcastle could throw themselves in at the business end of the table too.

A win for the Toon could move them up to sixth.

19.50: This of course is a rematch from the final day of last season when Newcastle were chasing a top four spot.

Going down 3-1 effectively ended their chances, but wins for Tottenham and Arsenal made their hopes of reaching the Champions League redundant regardless.

19.45: From InfostradaLive:

Steve Harper replaces Tim Krul in goal for Newcastle. He will make his first PL appearance in 17 months, since Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa in April 2011. He has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last five PL matches, since a 2-0 victory at Birmingham City in Feb 2011.

19.40: Everton boss David Moyes spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'Last season we couldn't win in the early part of the campaign, including at Goodison.

'Hopefully Mirallas will get us goals and add pace, Naismith has played well but now is the time to introduce him.

'Newcastle have got a threat and were against everyone all of last season. Cisse, Ben Arfa and Cabaye are good players so it will be a tough game.'

19.35: Everton's 6million summer signing Kevin Mirallas is given his first Barclays Premier League start for the visit of Newcastle.

The Belgium international and right-back Tony Hibbert are the two changes from the side which lost at West Brom last time out, with the injured Darron Gibson absent and Steven Naismith drops to the bench.

Newcastle make five changes from their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa prior to the international break, the most notable being Demba Ba among the substitutes with centre-back Fabricio Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul injured.

Tribute: A banner dedicated to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough was on show inside of Goodison Park

Tribute: A banner dedicated to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough was on show outside of Goodison Park

Tribute: A banner dedicated to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough was on show outside of Goodison Park

19.30: Full line-ups from Goodison Park:

Everton v Newcastle
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Mirallas, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Naismith, Gueye, Coleman, Anichebe, Duffy.

Newcastle: Harper, Perch, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Cisse, Ben Arfa. Subs: Elliot, Gosling, Ba, Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Tavernier.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

19.25: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew spoke to Sky Sports pre-match:

'Demba Ba is a victim of injuries to our midfield, but don't be surprised if he comes off the bench to get the winner.

'Without Cheick Tiote we need an extra body in the midfield as Everton are formidable at home.

'It's a big test with the Europa League pressures, we knew we was going to get injuries so people will have to step up.'

19.20: One man who has started to find his form for Newcastle is full-back, Davide Santon.

The former Inter Milan has started the season brightly following an inconsistent campaign last term and he has told fans his best is yet to come.

19.15: So no Demba Ba for Newcastle. Papiss Cisse is favoured in attack as Alan Pardew opts for a lone striker.

The Newcastle boss isn't aiming to keep it tight though judging by the wide players in his line-up.

19.10: Newcastle starting XI:

Harper, Perch, Williamson, Stuart Taylor, Santon, Anita, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Cisse, Ben Arfa.

19.05: Everton starting XI:

Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.

19.00: Good evening football fans, could I just take your attention away from tomorrow night's Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City for a moment (or an evening) as we have a rather intriguing Premier League fixture tonight.

Everton have made an unusually positive start to the season and a win today could see them move up into third, possibly second if they go goal crazy against Newcastle. Should be a cracker and the team news on the way.

Winning team: Victory for Everton will see them go level with second place Manchester United on nine points

Winning team: Victory for Everton will see them go level with second place Manchester United on nine points

Steven Pienaar glad to be back at Everton

I couldn't cope with Spurs freeze-out! Pienaar glad to be back at Everton

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Fantasy football 2012

Steven Pienaar is ready to lead Everton’s assault on the top four once more after admitting his move to Tottenham caused him to fall out of love with football.

The South African returned to Goodison Park permanently this summer, having been the catalyst for reviving Everton’s fortunes in the second half of last season after joining on loan in January.

Pienaar had previously moved to Tottenham at the start of 2011 but his spell in the capital turned sour, as he endured fitness problems, rarely played for Harry Redknapp and his family failed to settle in the capital.

Ready to go: Steven Pienaar is expected to start against Manchester United

Ready to go: Steven Pienaar is expected to start against Manchester United

Such is the esteem in which David Moyes holds Pienaar, he paid 4.5million to bring him ‘home’ and the midfielder, who will start against Manchester United at Goodison on Monday night, is determined to pick up the baton of Everton’s main creative hub.

‘If you come back from an injury and the team is playing well then you know you have to wait for your opportunity,’ said Pienaar. ‘But when you train hard every week and you are not seeing the reward at the end of the week, it gets hard after a while.

Hard to cope: Pienaar struggled with being out of the team at Tottenham

Hard to cope: Pienaar struggled with being out of the team at Tottenham

‘It was getting a bit too much for me to deal with mentally. But that’s football and you have to live with it. When the opportunity came to move away I was looking forward to playing again. That was the reward for me.

Predicted line-up

Everton (4-5-1): Howard: Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines: Osman, Gibson, Neville, Fellaini, Pienaar: Jelavic

‘You are never too old to learn in life and every day was a lesson for me. It made me stronger in general. But I don’t regret moving. Everything happens for a reason.’

Moyes, who wrapped up the signing of Belgian international Kevin Mirallas on a four-year deal on Sunday, believes he has 'a team that can compete with the best' and Pienaar is confident Everton will rattle United this evening.

‘It was only a few seasons ago that the team was pushing for the top four, or just outside it,’ he sad. The teams above us have spent a lot of money and the league is getting tougher but hopefully we can push on from last season. I believe something special can happen at Everton this season.’

Everton stalwart Tony Hibbert backs Wayne Rooney to finish career at Goodison Park

Everton stalwart Hibbert reveals Rooney's wish to wear blue again at Goodison

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Fantasy football 2012

Wayne Rooney has been tipped to finish
his career with a sensational return to Everton by the man who hoped to
see him in Royal Blue again.

Tony Hibbert's selfless and loyal
service to Everton over the last 16 years, 11 of which have been spent
in the first team, will receive the ultimate recognition
when AEK Athens come to Goodison Park for his testimonial on Wednesday.

The defender, who has amassed 309
appearances since making his debut at West Ham in March 2001, had wanted
Rooney to be involved and the England striker would have jumped at the
chance, had Manchester United not had commitments of their own against
Barcelona in Sweden.

Best of enemies: Man United striker Wayne Rooney and Everton's Tony Hibbert

Best of enemies: Man United striker Wayne Rooney and Everton's Tony Hibbert

Seeing Rooney don an Everton shirt for the first time since his 27million move to Old Trafford in August 2004 would undoubtedly have caused a commotion, as certain sections of Everton's support have never forgiven him the contentious manner he left.

Hibbert, though, believes Rooney – who has never hidden the fact he continues to support Everton – would have no hesitation in returning to Goodison if an opportunity arrived at a suitable stage, once his time with United is over.

'It would have been good for Wayne (to play) and it was great that he asked me,' said Hibbert. 'It has just worked out that Manchester United have a game. He was quite upset when he realised (he couldn't play). I still speak to him and it's just great to see what he is doing.

'He hasn't changed one bit. It says everything about Wayne that he was willing to do that. He probably would have got a bad reception but he is not fazed about that. He loves Everton. Deep down he is still an Evertonian. I know for a fact that he still goes to (Everton) games.

True blue: Rooney has remained an Everton fan

True blue: Rooney has remained an Everton fan

Previous engagement: Rooney is in Sweden for United's pre-season friendly against Barcelona

Gutted: Rooney is in Sweden for United's pre-season friendly against Barcelona

'He will do anything for Everton. It was
a great honour for me that he wanted to play in the game. I was
surprised when he asked whether he could play and if I would like him
to. I jumped at the chance but obviously he has other commitments.

When asked whether finishing his career at Goodison was possible, Hibbert said: 'I think it is. If Wayne says it, then I think the club would be stupid not to welcome him back. I think there would be a few moans but for us to get a player like Wayne Rooney would be massive.'

Hibbert, of course, played a bit part role the night Rooney signed his first major deal at Goodison in 2003, when he sat to the striker's side during a press conference, fulfilling his duties without the slightest bit of fuss.

That episode encapsulated his career. He has never courted publicity or looked to create headlines, he has simply got on with his job, defending in a no-nonsense manner, and done all that has been asked of him to the best of his ability.

Coming from Huyton, the same district of Liverpool as Steven Gerrard, all that Hibbert has done has been for Everton's benefit and it once prompted David Moyes to say that 'he bleeds Blue blood' and he would have 'a job for life' at Goodison.

Cult figure: Hibbert has been at Everton for 16 years

Cult figure: Hibbert has been at Everton for 16 years

Such an attitude has helped him achieve cult status and the fact he has never scored a top-flight goal saw him become the subject of a banner three years ago that read 'Hibbert scores, we riot' – that banner still follows Everton around to this day and many hope his duck will be broken here.

To hear him speak about the occasion, however, epitomises all he is about. Hibbert will not look to take penalties, he will only be happy if Everton win and the only thing he will relish about being in the spotlight is that all proceeds are going to Clare House children's hospice and the Rainbow Trust.

'The manager has said it is a pre-season game and that means we have got to be competitive,' explains Hibbert, who rates his debut at Upton Park in a 2-0 win as his best moment in Blue. 'Once the game starts, everything that has surrounded the game goes out of the window.

'When the day comes that I feel I cannot do that, then that will be it. But, as it is now, I am still hungry and feel that I can still perform. When you pull that shirt on, you don't want to give anything other than 100 per cent.

'As for taking a penalty, everyone has been asking me that! I would rather us win 1-0 than us get beaten 2-1 and I score the goal. I don't know why everyone is saying I should take a penalty either. It's an easy way of scoring, isn't it If I'm going to do it, I want it to be a 30 yarder!'

Wimbledon 2012: Laura Robson – I would love to play with Andy Murray

Wimbledon Locker Room: Robson – I would love to play with Murray

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Laura Robson's Wimbledon came to an
end on Centre Court as she and her British partner Dominic Inglot fell
at the third round stage of the mixed doubles, 7-6, 7-6 to Scot Colin
Fleming and Su-Wei Hsieh from Chinese Taipei.

Robson, whose serve was excellent
throughout the clash, will now play two clay tournaments before
switching her attention back to SW19 for the Olympics.

Narrow defeat: Laura Robson and Dominic Inglot

Narrow defeat: Laura Robson and Dominic Inglot

The 18-year-old reiterated her desire to play in the mixed doubles as well as the women's doubles at London 2012 if the opportunity arose.

'I think we're just going to see who's doing what that week,' she said.

WEATHER FORECAST

Heavy rain could see the covers kept on until lunchtime, but sunny intervals should prevail in the afternoon before the rain returns late on.

Maximum temperature 20C.

Wind from the south-west, 7mph.

WHERE TO WATCH

TV: BBC2’s coverage starts at
12.30pm with Sue Barker, while
BBC1 join in at 1.45pm.

Today at Wimbledon is shown
at 8pm on BBC2.

RADIO: BBC 5 Live from 1pm.

'It sort of depends on whether Andy (Murray) wants to play. At the moment he's said singles and doubles is enough but hopefully he'll change his mind. I would love to (play with him).'

Her conquerors Fleming and Su-Wei will take on third seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik for a place in the semi-finals.

Elsewhere, Wales's Evan Hoyt and South African partner Wayne Montgomery are through to the quarter-finals of the boys' doubles.

They first beat seventh seeds Kyle Edmund, from Yorkshire, and Stefano Napolitano, then toppled Anton Desyatnik and Marat Deviatiarov.

In the last eight they face Filip Bergevi and Mikael Torpegaard, who beat British second seeds Liam Broady and Joshua Ward-Hibbert yesterday.

Luke Bambridge is another Briton in that tournament. He and Japan's Kaichi Uchida play Australian fourth seeds Andrew Harris and Nick Kyrgios after knocking out the eighth-ranked Americans MacKenzie McDonald and Spencer Papa.

French Open 2012: Rafa Nadal practices with Josh Ward-Hibbert

Paris Match Zone: Rafa's lesson lifts British starlet Josh after first round exit

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Some compensation for British junior Josh Ward-Hibbert, after being beaten in the first round of the boys’ singles, was that he received the honour — if an exhausting one — of being Rafael Nadal’s practice partner on Monday. The promising but raw Ward-Hibbert, 18, looks bound for American college tennis in Texas later this year.

Workout: Rafael Nadal used Josh Ward-Hibbert as a hitting partner

Workout: Rafael Nadal used Josh Ward-Hibbert as a hitting partner

NOVAK'S FOOTIE FAULT

A treat for some at the French Open was Monday night’s annual football match between players and coaches at the Parc des Princes. Arnaud Clement and Edouard Roger-Vasselin led the players’ team but there was no Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic, said to be two of the best footballers on tour.

HONOUR FOR ARANTXA

Former champion Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario has had a rough twelve months, spectacularly falling out with her family over financial matters. But on Tuesday night she will be honoured by the International Tennis Federation at their World Champions Dinner, with special recognition of playing in five Olympics, the most by any woman tennis player.

Honour: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario will be recognised for her Olympic achievements

Honour: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario will be recognised for her Olympic achievements

SUPER SPAIN ARE WELL SET

Spain have an enviable reservoir of tennis talent — especially in the men’s division — and it is rarely more prominent than at Roland Garros. Their three players in the quarter-finals — David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Almagro — have so far not dropped a single set between them in this year’s tournaments.

OH SISTER, LOOK AT ME NOW

Anne Keothavong may have departed in the first round but her brother James is becoming a prominent face at Roland Garros. As a gold badge-holding umpire, he has been getting some very decent matches, the latest of which was the fourth-round encounter between France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka.

Faulty: Maria Sharapova struggled with her serve during her latest win

Faulty: Maria Sharapova struggled with her serve during her latest win

BORIS VOLLEY FOR MARIA

Maria Sharapova has done well at the French Open to camouflage her weaknesses, but the 21 breaks of serve in Monday's torturous win over
Klara Zakopalova told its own story. A watching Boris Becker was unforgiving. He tweeted: ‘Watching Sharapova in Paris. Can someone teach her how to serve’

Alan Pardew hails Newcastle season

Pardew hails magnificent season as Newcastle fall short of Champions League place

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19:40 GMT, 13 May 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hailed his players for their efforts over the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League season after Sunday afternoon's final-day 3-1 defeat at Everton.

The Magpies went into the game looking to round off a hugely impressive campaign by securing a top-four finish, but after being undone by goals from Steven Pienaar, Nikica Jelavic and Johnny Heitinga they ended up staying fifth, outside the Champions League spots.

Fine season: Newcastle finished fifth against all odds

Fine season: Newcastle finished fifth against all odds

As it turned out, with fourth-placed Tottenham and third-placed Arsenal both winning today to hang on to their positions, even a victory would not have been enough for the Tyneside outfit and Pardew – who was named the top-flight's manager of the season on Friday – said after his team's loss: 'I can't fault the players.

'They have been absolutely magnificent to a man. All my staff, everybody – we've had a real good go at it.

'You look at the quality of teams like Everton and Chelsea (who have finished seventh and sixth respectively) and you say 'how have we finished fifth' It is amazing really.

'We are very pleased with that and we look forward to next year.'

Pienaar opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a deflected effort and Everton went 2-0 up in the 27th when Jelavic finished smartly at the second attempt after goalkeeper Tim Krul had blocked his initial shot.

A bridge too far: The Magpies lost 3-1 at Everton on Sunday

A bridge too far: The Magpies lost 3-1 at Everton on Sunday

Heitinga then netted a 65th-minute header and although Tony Hibbert scored an own-goal eight minutes later, it proved little more than a consolation for Newcastle.

The visitors were unquestionably second-best but Pardew felt his side did their utmost to get back into the game, and admitted their ultimate failure to get anything out of it meant that, in the end, he was actually pleased Tottenham and Arsenal had won.

'We have got a great spirit in there – never-say-die,' he said.

'Even against an Everton side who were fabulous today in the first half, at 2-0 down we still gave it a right go.

'Unfortunately it wasn't enough, but I'm pleased Arsenal and Spurs both won today, because it would have hurt more. I congratulate those two, because they probably deserve to be above us.'