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West Ham manager Avram Grant last night branded the red card he believes cost his side a crucial win at Everton "a joke". The Hammers looked set to move off the bottom of the Premier League as Frederic Piquionne headed them into a 2-1 lead with six minutes remaining at Goodison Park.
But Piquionne, who had been booked four minutes earlier, leapt over advertising hoardings to celebrate with supporters and was shown a second yellow card on his return to the field. Without him, Everton pressed on and snatched a point in injury-time as Marouane Fellaini, pushed into service up front, jinked into the area and fired past Robert Green.
"The red card was a joke," said Grant. "He scored a goal and went to celebrate with the supporters. He has not done anything wrong -- he went to celebrate with the people who deserve to more than anybody. I know it is the law but it is a stupid law and we need to change it."
West Ham showed determination to fight for their manager from the onset as Piquionne and Mark Noble both shot narrowly over early on. Jonathan Spector gave them the lead after 27 minutes as he slid in his fourth goal in two months at the end of a slick move.
Piquionne then hit the post and Luis Boa Morte had a goal disallowed for offside but Everton eventually replied when Diniyar Bilyaletdinov struck with a superb half-volley on 77 minutes.
"We showed a lot of good spirit, a lot of good football and a lot of tactical awareness," Grant continued. "We dominated the game in the first half and could have scored more. I am very proud of the players."
Sunday Indo Sport