The Blues found a way to win 3-2 on the day.
Benitez said, "We started by making things difficult for ourselves but the reaction of the team, as usual, was quite good which means that the players care.
"You have to praise all of the players for sure but Demarai Gray played through pain until we had to make the substitution because he was working so hard and Andros Townsend is injured and he's playing because he wants to help the team. That is the spirit you are expecting from our players.
"It's always important to win and to win in the cup is massive. I think the way that we played we could have scored three or four goals to finish the game in the first half but we didn't do it and we had to suffer until the end."
Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!