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Avram Grant fury at Piquionne dismissal for West Ham

Frederic Piquionne
Piquionne (centre) ran to celebrate his goal with the West Ham supporters

Avram Grant called Frederic Piquionne's dismissal "a joke" after he was given a second caution for his goal celebration in West Ham's 2-2 draw at Everton.

"Next time I will tell my players to go to a funeral when they score," the Hammers boss told BBC Sport.

Piquionne put the bottom side ahead for a second time in the 84th minute.

But Everton equalised after he received a second yellow card for jumping a hoarding and running to the away section where fans mobbed him.

Grant has been under enormous pressure in recent weeks, with Martin O'Neill reportedly lined up to replace him a week ago, before the club said on Tuesday the Israeli would be retained.

Piquionne red a joke - Grant

West Ham have only won one away Premier League game since the first game of last season, but another victory looked possible as Frenchman Piquionne - who had been booked four minutes earlier after an off-the-ball incident - headed home.

However, his exuberant goal celebration prompted referee Peter Walton to give him a second caution.

And against 10 men, 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.

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"You never know but I think if we had stayed with 11 players we would have won the game because we were the better team.

"They didn't create chances but when we were a man short it was a little difficult."

West Ham showed determination to fight for their manager from the onset and 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, who was back in the side after recovering from dental surgery, 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.

Ref Peter Walton shows Piquionne a red card
Piquionne sees red after his second booking at Everton

Grant added: "They showed a lot of good spirit, a lot of good football and a lot of tactical awareness.

"We dominated the game in the first half and could have scored more - we hit the post and another was offside.

"We created a lot of chances and after scoring the second one we were unlucky.

"Since the beginning of the season the players have shown a lot of commitment. I am very proud of the players."



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Grant shrugs off doubts on future
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18 Jan 11 |  West Ham


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