MILAN: AC Milan manager boss Massimiliano Allegri has come out in defence of his side's recent performances after the 1-0 victory over Genoa in Serie A match at San Siro this morning.
Stephan El Shaarawy, celebrating his 20th birthday, struck late to end the Rossoneri's run of three consecutive losses, but the hosts were made to work hard to bag all three points."I have always been relaxed as the team have put in strong performances," said Allegri. "Criticism has been too harsh, considering what we have seen on the field."The situation at Milan is simply an issue of results, not performances. We could have scored in the first half, while there were a number of controversial penalty decisions."Overall, I am happy with the win. We secured this result in the difficult atmosphere surrounding us at the moment, and I am happy with the way the team has reacted," he said.Striker Alexandre Pato made his long-awaited comeback from injury with his first start of the season, but was subsequently hauled off during the second-period."I substituted Pato because he was tired," said Allegri. "He has barely played in the last few months, so it's impossible for him to discover full fitness straightaway."In general, he put in a good performance, and looked dangerous for us."In another match, Siena drew 0-0 with Palermo.- mD
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