LITESPORT Inbrief Moyes hails a Greek classic EVERTON manager David Moyes praised new signing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for an impressive full debut in the 4-0 Europa League victory over a poor AEK Athens side at Goodison Park last night. The 9m former Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder set up the first two goals for Joseph Yobo and Sylvain Distin with corners. Steven Pienaar added a third with a 25-yard strike before the interval, and Jo scored a late fourth. Bullard closes on full fitness HULL boss Phil Brown says former Fulham star Jimmy Bullard is now so close to fitness it is almost mouth-watering. The midfielder, signed for club a record 5m, has not played since suffering a knee injury on his debut against West Ham in January. Brown said: He is so close it is almost mouth-watering, the prospect of being able to pick him. We must be sure, when Jimmy is ready, the cruciate is behind him. Terry happy to be put on spot JOHN TERRY has insisted he will volunteer to take a penalty for England at the World Cup finals despite his Champions League final miss for Chelsea in Moscow. The Chelsea defender, speaking at an event organised by England sponsors Nationwide, said: Of course I would volunteer, no doubt. Okay, I stepped up and missed one for Chelsea but Im not going to shirk away from any challenges thrown at me in my career. Hapless Celtic sunk in Hapoel MANAGER Tony Mowbray doubts the significance of Celtics 2-1 Europa League defeat at Hapoel Tel Aviv last night. Celtic failed to hold on to the lead set up by Georgios Samarass strike but Mowbray insisted: Lets not get carried away. It will take a few games before the group starts to take shape. We have two home games on the bounce -- and if we win them then we will be in a good position. Ram raid for striker Vaughan EVERTON striker James Vaughan has joined Coca-Cola Championship side Derby on a three-month loan deal. The 21-year-old has struggled with injuries over the last year and manager David Moyes is keen for the player to get some regular football. This is a terrific bit of business for us; James is a good player with an excellent attitude and tons of ability, said Derby boss Nigel Clough. THEVERMINATORI played against Thomas at Ajax and it flared up, but hes been great for us be in the same team now, not up against him ROBINVANPERSIEmighthavebeen a little concerned when he heard about Arsenals only major signing of the summer -- new 10m centre- back Thomas Vermaelen was hardly his best mate after their previous meetingduringapre-seasonfriendly against Ajax in Amsterdam. But Van Persie -- like everyone elseatArsenal--isnowaconfirmed fan of the Belgian, who has slotted neatly into place next to William Gallas in the centre of defence. After seeing The Verminator score in the 3-2 comeback win over Standard Liege on Wednesday, Van Persie grins: Im certainly very happy to be in the same team as him now rather than against him! Van Persie ended up leaving the field on a stretcher when they last met at the Amster- dam Arena in July, 2007 -- though it was Johnny Heitinga, the new Everton signing, who eventually crocked him. But by then Van Persie had scored the only goal of the game -- and gone toe-to-toe with Vermaelen. Van Persie recalls: Something had hap- pened before things flared up hed played a little bit too tough on me and I just told him that. But in the heat of the game things like that happen. I know that he didnt really want to hurt me and I wasnt really going to hurt him. We didnt really speak about it when he arrived because its not an issue for either of us, it was two years ago and we were having a good tough game together. The pair have now formed something of a mutual admiration society and Vermaelen has quickly become a cult hero at Emirates Stadium, with Van Persie insisting: Thomas has put in some great performances so far this season. There was lots of pressure around that first game at Everton but he was tremendous brave, winning lots of headers, scoring a goal and just having a fantastic debut in our 6-1 win. Ithinkweneededtohavethiskindof brave, brave guy of course William is very brave andstrong,andKoloTourewasforustoo,but its always good to have a few like that. Before tomorrows visit of Wigan, where Van Persie is expected to return after a knee problem, he added: I think Thomas and Wil- liam are helping each other out very well -- sometimes a partnership just clicks, and you need that all over the pitch whether its the two centre-backs, the midfielders, the strik- ers, or any other pairing. Sometimes you could have the two best players in the world together and it wont work, but so far it really clicks between them and hopefully they can keep making steps throughout the season. beenhavemightPERSIEVANROBIN heardhewhenconcernedlittlea about Arsenals only major signing the summer -- new 10m centre-of hardlywasVermaelenThomasback previoustheiraftermatebesthis happy to be in the same team as him now EXCLUSIVE BY NEAL COLLINS Flash back: Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen indulge in some handbags in 2007 WEEKEND FIXTURES (3pmkick-offsunlessstated) TONIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPSheffUtdvSheff Wed(7.45,SkySports1) TOMORROW PREMIERLEAGUEARSENALv WiganAstonVillavPortsmouthBolton vStokeBurnleyvSunderland(12.45, SkySports1)HullvBirminghamWEST HAMvLiverpool(5.30,ESPN) CHAMPIONSHIPBarnsleyvSwansea BristolCityvScunthorpeCardiffvQPR CRYSTALPALACEvDerbyDoncasterv IpswichMiddlesbroughvWestBrom NewcastlevPlymouthNottmForest vBlackpoolPeterboroughvREADING PrestonvCoventryWATFORDv Leicester LEAGUE ONE Brentford v Bristol Rovers Brighton v SOUTHEND Colchester v Hartlepool Exeter v Tranmere Leeds v GILLINGHAM MILLWALL v Huddersfield Norwich v Charlton Oldham v Carlisle Southampton v Yeovil Stockport v LEYTON ORIENT Walsall v Swindon WYCOMBE v Milton Keynes Dons LEAGUE TWO BARNET v Bradford Burton Albion v DAG & RED Cheltenham v Rotherham Chesterfield v Macclesfield Crewe v Aldershot Darlington v Bournemouth Hereford v Accrington Stanley Lincoln City v Shrewsbury Morecambe v Notts County Northampton v Rochdale Port Vale v Bury Torquay v Grimsby SUNDAY PREMIER LEAGUE CHELSEA v TOTTENHAM (4.00, Sky Sports 1) Everton v Blackburn ManUtdvManCity (1.30,SkySports1)WolvesvFULHAM (2.00) Alexandre Song, who was also very close to Adebayor, added: There was a free-kick and he slapped me. I couldnt believe it. Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has a three- inch gash on his leg which he, too, puts down to his former team-mates aggression. Theres never been another player who left and behaved like this. But Adebayor told The Sun: I am sorry Robin got hurt but I cant regret something I did not mean to do. Of his goal celebration, he added: There is only so much abuse a man can take until he reaches breaking point. 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