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Phil Jagielka has refused to use travel fatigue as an excuse for Everton FC’s White Hart Lane demise on Sunday.

For the third time this season the Blues saw an away match in the Europa League followed by an away fixture in Premier League.

Tottenham, by contrast, were at home for the third time this season following a Europa League awayday.

But while the fixture list meant that Everton arrived home from Germany in the early hours of Friday morning, then were back on board a train to London on Saturday, Jagielka refused to look for excuses.

“Obviously you’d rather sleep in your own bed and have a little bit of a lie in,” he said. “The day’s travelling doesn’t help, but for those that play in those competitions they have to manage things like that.

“We’re not making an excuse. We would have liked a kinder draw after the away games but there’s not much we can do about it.”

Everton manager Roberto Martinez (left) and Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino before game VIEW GALLERY

But the Blues skipper did demand more protection from match officials after he felt Spurs were allowed to get away with a succession of fouls at White Hart Lane. Five Tottenham players were eventually yellow carded by referee Michael Oliver, but until the 87th minute only one player from each side had been booked before a late flurry.

Jagielka said: “They pressed us really high and made quite a few fouls. I think we could have had a bit more protection from the ref which may have slowed them down a little bit, but as it was they were allowed to keep on coming at us.

“Even when they made a few changes there were a few tackles flying in.

“But fair play to Spurs. They scored two goals and possibly could have had a penalty themselves towards the end so they deserved the win.

“We played pretty well, created a few chances but unfortunately didn’t keep that one goal lead for long enough.”

Jagielka conceded that Everton were agents of their own downfall, shipping two sloppy goals, but also pointed out the good fortune which accompanied Spurs’ equaliser just six minutes after Kevin Mirallas’ stunning opener.

“The shot took a slight nick, then Eriksen’s managed to mishit the shot which has sent three of our players the wrong way. Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it goes against you.”

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