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Everton full-back Seamus Coleman defended James McCarthy after his "unfortunate" Republic of Ireland team-mate was sent off in Wednesday's goalless Premier League draw Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Toffees' midfielder, who had already been booked for a first-half foul on Yohan Cabaye, was shown a second yellow card on 52 minutes by referee Mike Jones following a needless block on Yannick Bolasie.
Everton are currently 16th in the Premier League table after a fifth game without a win, but Roberto Martinez's side are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they will meet Manchester United at Wembley on 23 April.
"We came down wanting all three points so we could finish strong with a semi-final to look forward to," Coleman told Everton's official Twitter page.
"James was unfortunate to be sent off and then we had to battle it out. Joel [Robles] was very good in goal."
Martinez felt Bolasie purposely tried to get McCarthy booked, but understands why referee Jones showed a second yellow card.
"I thought it was a yellow card at first glance. But it was a harsh yellow. McCarthy had nowhere to go and Bolasie looked for it," the Spaniard said.
Martinez was pleased with his side's fighting spirit in the 40 minutes they played with ten men against Palace.
"It's always tough to come here and cope with direct play," he continued.
"To do that with 10 men is incredible."