Fellaini's late strike secured a point for Everton at Goodison Park
By Kevin Darling
Marouane Fellaini's injury-time strike rescued a point for Everton and kept 10-man West Ham bottom of the table.
Jonathan Spector put the Hammers ahead with a composed finish from Luis Boa Morte's cutback, before Diniyar Bilyaletdinov blasted in to level.
Frederic Piquionne responded with a towering header from Wayne Bridge's cross but was then sent off after his over-exuberant goal celebration.
And Fellaini took full advantage, firing in with a low shot on the turn.
The Belgian's late strike capped a breathless finish to a game that the Toffees twice clawed back from West Ham's grasp, with the final three goals coming in the last 13 minutes.
Under-pressure Hammers boss Avram Grant will consider this two points dropped after seeing his side regain the lead with six minutes left, but the Israeli can take huge consolation from a West Ham display that was remarkably assured given the off-field distractions at the club in the past week.
Last Saturday, Martin O'Neill was reportedly being lined up as new manager but the club announced on Tuesday that Grant would be retained.
The visitors looked comfortable for large periods of the game against unimaginative opponents, but were once again left to rue their defensive frailties against a team they have now not beaten in their last eight meetings.
The Hammers caved in late on after Piquionne was shown a red card in the most unusual of circumstances - the Frenchman receiving a second caution for celebrating his goal with the jubilant Hammers fans, just minutes after he had received a first booking.
The pre-match focus was on how Grant's side would respond to the events of a turbulent week.
He was boosted by the return of midfield duo Scott Parker and Mark Noble, and the pair almost combined to give the visitors an early lead but Noble spooned his team-mate's through-ball over the bar from a good position.
A spell of Everton pressure followed with the best chance falling to Jermaine Beckford, who was denied by a fine James Tomkins tackle when bearing down on goal.
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The home fans then screamed for a penalty when Seamus Coleman fell under a hefty, but fair, challenge from Tomkins.
The Hammers weathered the storm, including a hail of Everton set-pieces dealt with manfully by the impressive Tomkins, and hit back with a goal conjured by a moment of magic from Noble.
The midfielder slotted a perfectly weighted ball into the left channel for Boa Morte, who took a heavy first touch but recovered to pick out Spector - the American supplying a smart finish from 12 yards for his first Premier League goal.
The Hammers were millimetres away from doubling their lead when Spector, revelling in his new midfield role, crossed for Piquionne, who headed down and against the inside of the post.
Moments later, the rampant visitors had the ball in the Toffees' net for a second time but Boa Morte strayed just offside before converting Piquionne's pass from close range.
The Toffees struggled to muster a response in the second half, with the crowd and manager David Moyes becoming increasingly restless as the Hammers comfortably absorbed the hosts' attempts to attack.
The confident visitors looked to nick a second on the break, with Spector firing an effort just over and Zavon Hines sending an acrobatic volley wide, before the match exploded into life in its final stages.
Everton had been sending a barrage of hopeful high balls into the Hammers' box and the visitors' defence finally relented after 77 minutes.
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Phil Neville's lofted pass was knocked down by Fellaini and Piquionne's attempt to head clear went only as far as Bilyaletdinov, who smashed his shot past Robert Green from the edge of the box.
The Toffees should have then taken the lead when Green parried a sizzling Louis Saha strike straight to Coleman, but the Irishman sent his effort woefully over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
Minutes later, the Hammers were back in front when Piquionne rose highest in the box to power Bridge's cross past Tim Howard and spark joyous scenes in the away end, culminating in the goalscorer's dismissal.
After heading in, the striker slid to his knees, then jumped a hoarding and ran to the away section where he was enveloped by visiting supporters. Referee Peter Walton wasted little time in issuing a second yellow card.
The Hammers, on the brink of lifting themselves out of the relegation zone, desperately attempted to play out the remainder of the match but they were undone by another high ball into the box - this time from Leon Osman - two minutes into added time.
Jack Rodwell got a flick-on and the ball fell favourably for Fellaini, who managed to shrug off the despairing challenges of Matthew Upson and Spector with an excellent turn before firing past Green from 10 yards to salvage a point.
Everton manager David Moyes: "It wasn't great but we got a point. It didn't look as if we were going to get any near the end.
"When we got back to 1-1 I thought we would go on and get the second goal but unfortunately they got a second.
"When you go 2-1 down at home you go for it anyway but when we saw the sending off it gave us a chance to attempt to throw the kitchen sink.
"Thankfully, we got the equaliser and when it went to 2-2 I actually thought we could have used the last couple of minutes better than we did to try to get the winner."
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