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UNDERSTANDING: Benitez working to restore Everton belief at Wolves

Rafa Benitez says he understands the frustrations of Everton fans after their defeat to Watford but knows a win against Wolves is the easiest way to restore belief at the club.

The Blues lost 5-2 at Goodison Park despite being 2-1 up in the second half and Benitez says his team have worked to eradicate mistakes ahead of their game with Wolves.

Benitez accepted the negative reaction from the fans after that heavy defeat, saying football is an emotional game but is hoping to see his team remain united.

"The main thing is to be sure that we stick together as a team," Benitez said. "The easiest way [to restore confidence] is winning the next game. It's as simple as that.

"We will try to make sure we are as competitive as we have been during the rest of the season.

His appointment provoked some concerns with Evertonians initially due to his links with rivals Liverpool, but the start the club made under Benitez's stewardship did ease any worries.

However, following the Watford game, fans at Goodison Park let their feelings be heard for the first time with the new manager at the helm.

"Football is very emotional. I was really disappointed after the game so you can understand the frustration of the fans.

"My job is to make sure we analyse what is going on and try to find the solutions."

It looked as though Everton were becoming a defensively stable side until Watford broke them down four times in the last 15 minutes.

Benitez added that he shared the feeling of frustration fans felt and insisted his side have worked to avoid anything similar will happen in future.

"I was frustrated because we were not expecting that," Benitez said of the rapid nature of Watford's goals at Goodison.

"You can make a mistake, you can lose against West Ham because they are good at set pieces. You couldn't take your chances, they take their chances and you lose the game.

"But in this case, we were winning. After scoring the second goal, with Richarlison, with the fans behind the team, everything was positive.

"You try to analyse what's going on, you try to explain to your players, you try to make sure it will not happen again.

"We need to have some experience after that and be sure that it cannot happen again."

The Everton boss is expected to have Richarlison available for the game despite him not being a full fitness.

It's been a tumultuous start to the campaign for the Brazilian who has missed game time at Everton to play for his country and now is on the mend from injury.

However, Benitez has hopes that he may start the forward against Wolves and hopes he can make an impact.

"He's getting better," Benitez said on Richarlison's chances of facing Wolves on Monday.

"He has been training well during the week. Still we have a couple of training sessions, we will see how much he can improve.

"In terms of mentality, yes. In terms of his fitness, he will not be at 100% but it's getting better.

"I have confidence that maybe he can start and confident for sure that he will give us something.

Abdoulaye Doucoure is improving, but will still be missing for Everton for at least a couple of weeks and therefore is ruled out for the trip to Wolves.

He joins Dominic Calvert Lewin on the injured list while Benitez awaits to see if Fabian Delph, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes can be available.


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