"I liked the team in the first half, and the chances that we created", said Benitez.
"But I don't see the game as a threat or something negative".
"We can not sell players that are playing because we would need to replace them with better players and in January, it takes a lot of money to convince them to come here". But we are working on a list of players and we have some names. "No, it will be a massive game for them and a massive game for us".
Indeed, had last season's leading scorer Dwight Gayle been at his best, he might have scored twice within the opening 12 minutes with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski diving to his right to claim one header and then looking on gratefully as a second flashed inches wide of the post after Ayoze Perez had bamboozled Kyle Bartley to cross.
As things stand, Ashley remains the sole source of transfer capital, but while the Sports Direct boss appears determined to keep his cheque book in his pocket, Benitez denies that the ongoing uncertainty regarding a possible takeover is having an adverse effect on the day-to-day running of the club.
Carvalhal said: "I can't say that is a penalty because of the place I was". For me, it is obvious.
"It is not a team at the bottom that will come here and say, "We are relegated" and that is it. It doesn't matter what happens (with the takeover)".
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