Rafa Benitez
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford FC at St. James Park on November 3, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez believes rival Everton is a good team, acknowledging that they played well to a 1-1 draw.

Speaking after the match, as quoted by Sky Sports, Benitez said:

“We have to give credit to them, they are a good team and they played well. It was not easy to play against our team or break us down. At the end we were looking at getting three points one way or another but one point against a very good team can be fine.”

“You cannot forget they have won their last four home games, they did well in the Merseyside derby too.”

He continued: “We needed a back three because we have some problems with players being suspended and things like that which we have to manage, and try to be solid.”

In March 2016, Newcastle announced Benítez as their manager in an attempt to save the club from relegation.

Benítez couldn’t avoid relegation, but had promotion back to the Premier League in 2017, winning the Championship.