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Mauricio Pochettino has refused to blame rotation after his below-par Tottenham side drew 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night.

Spurs have now failed to win each of their last two matches following a run of six straight Premier League wins, which is perhaps a concern ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.

After a goalless first half at the Amex, Harry Kane found the net for the first time since his contentious goal against Stoke City after some good work by Heung-Min Son down the right.

Within a minute of the restart, Brighton were awarded a penalty when Serge Aurier was adjudged to have fouled Jose Izquierdo in the box. Pascal Gross made no mistake from the spot, although Hugo Lloris got a hand to his kick.

Spurs fought for a winner but didn’t do enough to earn more than a point following a disappointing attacking display.

“It was a difficult game, the first half was even and the second half we started it really well,” said Pochettino after the game (via EirSport.ie).

“We scored and in the next section we conceded. In the second half we dominated, created chances but not enough to win the game. The draw is a little bit disappointing because the intention was to get all three.

“We were thinking of giving the team fresh legs because Saturday’s game against Manchester City was tough mentally and physically. We have a squad good enough to win games.

“Today was not because we rotated the team. Everyone is ready to play but Brighton was a very difficult opponent and we need to give credit to them.”

Toby Alderweireld’s impressive performance upon his return was a positive for Tottenham. The Belgian looked far from sluggish and may have earned himself a place in the team against Manchester United.

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