Rafael Benitez has said he is plaeased with his team’s work-rate and effort in snatching a point against high-flying Watford.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s frustrating. You have to give credit to our players because they’re working so hard trying to do the things that we wanted them to do. I wouldn’t say we had the game under control, but we had chances and were dangerous on the counter-attack so the difference for me is just the final pass. We could have been in better positions and created a clear chance that we didn’t have. We did well against a good team and they are where they are in the table because they have some good players and who play well. I’m happy with the effort and the work rate of everyone.”
Benitez has backed Rondon to continue improving after scoring Newcastle’s goal today. He added: “He’s doing well so we have to think he will be ok. For us, every player is important because you have to make substitutions in different games. You need fresh legs and you need the quality of everyone. I think if we make passes and crosses we will score some goals so hopefully we can do the same for him and for the other strikers.”