'Fantastic Work' Says Rafa

Last updated : 07 December 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said: "I think the work we produced against a very good team was fantastic.

"We suffered after taking the lead but we were better in the second half and both teams had chances to score. The main thing was to defend well and create chances, but we would like to be more accurate in our counter-attacks.

"We have to be realistic, they are a good team and they had chances in the first half, and they have four games unbeaten at home, so we have to credit our players."

The stats:
◾Everton are unbeaten in their last eight midweek matches in the Premier League (W4 D4), since losing 0-3 at Sunderland in May 2016.
◾Newcastle haven't won a midweek Premier League match since December 2013 (5-1 v Stoke), drawing nine and losing nine played on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday since.
◾Everton posted a 76.3% possession rate, their highest in a Premier League game since 2003-04.
◾Newcastle's Salomon Rondon has netted three goals in his last four Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his previous 18 in the competition.
◾Everton forward Richarlison has netted three goals in his last three home Premier League appearances, one more than he scored in his previous 22.
◾Richarlison has scored seven goals in 13 appearances in the Premier League this season, two more than he managed in 38 games for Watford (5) last season.