The Brazil-born star arrived at Chelsea from Napoli during the off-season, following manager Maurizio Sarri.
"You have what you have, so I want to give credit to my players for the effort they make in every game".
The Magpies had 20% possession but the same number of shots on target as Chelsea, who were fortunate to come away from St. James' Park with a win.
That gave Chelsea a helping hand after 76 minutes of frustration, the Blues having until then failed to break down a Newcastle side set up to soak up pressure.
Referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot after Marcus Alonso went down in the box under a challenge from Fabian Schar, making his competitive debut for the club.
"Against better teams we would get punished".
"Chelsea lost here last season, so did Manchester United and Arsenal".
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Comments by Pogba himself, and the player's outspoken agent, over the last two days have only added to the uncertainty. The Manchester United legend left the Premier League this year and is now plying his trade in the MLS with D.C.
'But I'm not complaining, I try to do my job and when you have the ball, you get kicked, so no complaints.
That also means only IIkay Gundogan and Fernandinho have completed more passes in a single game in Premier League history.
"The match was maybe more hard because in Italy, I never saw Rafa play with five defenders, so low, so compact".
Now becoming just the fifth manager in the clubs history to win his first three Premier League games, many would have felt the Chelsea side of last season would not have shown a similar resolve.
However, Benitez, whose team had only 19 per cent of the possession, said: "Possession now is just for the TV, for the stats".
"It depends on the auto you have, you have to drive that vehicle in the best way", he said after the game. "I think he played very well".
The Blues were made to work relentlessly in order to maintain their 100 percent record in the Premier League this season as the Magpies resorted to a tiresome "backs to the wall' approach from the start".