Newcastle United crashed out of the Carabao Cup last night.
And there was no shortage of talking points from the club's 3-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest.
Benitez made 10 changes for the second-round tie, which was decided by an extra-time winner from Tyler Walker.
Winless Newcastle must now regroup ahead of Saturday's Premier League home game against West Ham United.
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Benitez was asked about his team selection in his post-match press conference.
United's manager fielded a number of unwanted players in his starting XI.
And Achraf Lazaar, told to train at the Academy last month, was recalled to his squad ahead of an expected return to Serie A.
Benitez, however, felt he had to make changes to the team beaten 1-0 by Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
“I made the changes because we played (three) days ago," he said.
“The players have to be ready to play in the cup against a Championship team. If you cannot, then it means that something is wrong.
“I thought we could do and, watching the number of chances we had, I think we deserved to go through."
Going Dutch again
The forward, signed in 2014, is in talks with Ajax over a return to the Amsterdam club.
Former United striker Daryl Murphy was warmly welcomed back to St James's Park.
Murphy, sold to Forest last month, was a key figure in the second half of Newcastle's Championship-winning campaign.
And fans applauded the 34-year-old on to the pitch in extra-time.
Asked if he was pleased by his reception, Murphy told NUFC TV: "Of course I was.
"I want to thank the fans, because I think I said when I left, they were brilliant with me from start to finish.
"They wished me all the best. I did what we asked of me when I came into the team, and always gave 100%. I think they just appreciated that."
Check out our slidehow of images, including celebrations from goalscorers Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rolando Aarons, from last night's game.