Rafa Benitez
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on December 5, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Newcastle head coach Rafa Benitez believes his side had more opportunities to beat Everton but was delighted with the games 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Benitez charged his players to play on the counter-attack as they grabbed a startling lead when Salomon Rondon turned in Jacob Murphy’s left-wing cross.

Even though Newcastle conceded an equaliser from Everton Richarlison’s close-range finish, Benitez side continued to defend their post by heading out and kicking out anything Everton sent their way.

Save Christian Atsu who wasted two fantastic chances to score, Newcastle would have won.

Benitez said as quoted by Sky Sports:

“We were defending well and well organised, and doing a fantastic job, the only thing we were not expecting was the chances on the counter-attack that we could have been more clinical with.”

“We scored a great goal but we still had two or three chances in the first half, and a couple of chances in the second half, it could have been different.”