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Toffees take points from Hammers

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Toffees take points from Hammers (©GettyImages)
Toffees take points from Hammers (©GettyImages).

Referee Anthony Taylor was the pantomime villain in West Ham and Everton's final match before Christmas as two needless red cards spoilt the latter's 2-1 victory at Upton Park.

Taylor all but handed the Toffees three points and a place back in the top four after controversially deciding Carlton Cole had left his foot in on Leighton Baines midway through the second half. The official evened up the red-card count in stoppage-time, finding Darron Gibson guilty of a similar offence, having earlier angered Everton by chalking off Leon Osman's early header.

Cole gave West Ham a half-time lead and Victor Anichebe marked his Everton recall with his first goal for three months three minutes before Cole saw red, with Steven Pienaar making the man advantage count six minutes later.

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Leon Osman
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