ON DEMAND: Benitez's Press Conference

Watch back as Rafa Benitez spoke to the media ahead of this weekend's trip to Brentford.

Everton head to the Brentford Community Stadium for a 2pm kick-off on Sunday, looking to bounce back after a disappointing afternoon at the home of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City last time out.

Manager Benitez revealed the latest team news, his thoughts on Thomas Frank's side and a range of other pertinent subjects ahead of our first-ever Premier League clash with the Bees.

Watch on demand - and read the boss' key quotes - below.

Demarai Gray Injury Update

RB: "He was doing a light training session today so we will see if he can be available, but maybe we don’t have too much time. He was okay but it was less than what we were expecting.

Other Team News

RB: "Yerry [Mina] is doing well but still not ready. Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] not yet, but I would say talking about that is we are bringing back some players. The problem is that some of the key players we are missing already, it seems that they are more important because we are not winning. The reality is that we have less injuries and we are getting better in this department.

Doucoure To Return?

RB: "The one who was unexpected because it was a metatarsal injury as Doucoure, he has been training today, so he is one who could be available. I think Doucoure has a chance."

Importance Of Brentford Result

RB: "I think for us it is important to win any game, but this is the first one we have [to start a winning run with]. It's a team that are doing well in the Premier League now, but we are close in the table. If you think about just winning one game, we could be really close to the top six. That is the situation in the table now, there a lot of teams that are very close and one game can change everything. Hopefully this game will change everything for us and we will be higher in the table and with more confidence for the next ones."

Thoughts On Brentford...

RB: "I think that they are doing really well. They started really well with a lot of confidence, with intensity, playing well. They got some points [at the start of the season]. Now, it is more difficult because little by little everybody knows you better and then it's more difficult to surprise anyone. But in terms of these kind of teams, they have the advantage that they have been working the same way for a while. They know exactly what the manager wants, and the players know each other really well so that is the main strength of this team and they are doing well."

Thoughts On Ivan Toney...

"One of the things they (the media) have been talking about, but I didn’t meet Ivan Toney at any time [at Newcastle]. I didn't coach him any day, so I didn’t talk with him when I was there because he was on loan. All the reports that I had when I was asking for players for the first team, nobody was telling me that he was an option, and he was on loan and they sold him so I don't have any contact with Ivan Toney and I didn't have any contact him. He is doing really well so I was following him last year and this year. He’s doing really well, I cannot argue about that. But some people say ‘oh Rafa didn’t use him’, I didn’t see the player, I didn’t talk with the player at any time because he was on loan for the time that I was there. I wasn’t aware of anything about him until he was doing really well in the Championship and he’s doing really well now in the Premier League."

Likely Replacement In Richarlison's Absence

RB: "At the moment we have two experienced players, Tosun and Rondon available, and a young player (Ellis Simms) that was injured and is coming back. Normally for these kind of games, it is for people with experience so they have more chances the two senior players ahead of the young player."

Approach For Brentford Clash

RB: "We had four of five chances on the counter (against Man City) and it was a pity that we didn’t have the determination to put the defenders of Man City under pressure. It is clear this is a different kind of game. We are playing against a good team at their home but we still have to compete with them and push them to get the three points.

Richarlison’s Discipline

RB: "He knows. It is too early in the season to have five yellow cards. He has to realise he can’t react and stay more calm in the game. He has to be more aware of his frustrations and focus on the game. He is a very good player and is an important one for us. He is a threat for defenders if he stays focused.

January Transfer Plans

RB: "The key for the injuries isn't the number - it is the fact we have key players out. If you analyse now, we are doing much better in terms of injuries when you look at a player like (Fabian) Delph. In the past, he was injured a lot. Now he is training every day and available. JP was injured for a couple of years but now he is training every day, and the same for Tosun and Simms. We are brining players back but the problem we have is that we’ve had key players injured. That has been affecting results."

Thoughts On JP Gbamin...

RB: "It is complicated after two years, to play against Wolves, a team passing the ball, was not easy for him or the team. We had to make a decision against Tottenham. With 15 minutes to go, I put Holgate on in this position, it was not great, it didn’t work. But you have to make these kinds of decisions - and players have to accept sometimes it is like that. You have to perform even if you are not ready. If not, the only way to change the next decision is to work harder. Gbamin has been training well today and I am happy with that. Hopefully he can understand sometimes you have to make decisions and that is your job."