West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic believes Cheikhou Kouyate’s red card didn’t even pass muster as a yellow in the Hammers 2-2 draw with London rivals Crystal Palace.
Palace took the lead in the first half when centre back Damian Delaney pounced on Hammers keeper Adrian’s mistake – before Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini put the game back on level terms and star man Dimitri Payet doing what he does best with a sensational free kick that put Bilic’s men 2-1 up at the interval.
However, midway through the second half, Hammers midfielder Cheihou Kouyate was dismissed by referee Mark Clattenburg for his foul on Dwight Gayle before Gayle himself took advantage of a defensive mistake by the hosts to level the game at 2-2.
Bilic was disappointed with the result and reckons Mark Clattenburg’s decision to give Kouyate a red card a wrong one.
Bilic said: “We played a decent game and they were dangerous as well. We turned the game around quite quickly and was close to scoring the third in the first half. The second half was similar but they improved because we didn’t create enough chances.”
“We have every right to be disappointed with that decision. It’s easy to judge that decision and it was never a red card. It wasn’t even a yellow card. I am fed up with appealing against these decisions because it keeps getting overturned which shows the decisions are just not going our way.”
Even Palace manager Alan Pardew said the decision was "a bit harsh".
After this exciting London derby, the Hammers face another one next week when they take on Arsenal at Upton Park before facing Manchester United in the FA Cup sixth round replay for a chance to face Everton at Wembley in the semi-final.