Published On: Mon, Feb 4th, 2013

Allegri admits AC Milan should not have had penalty

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has acknowledged that Udinese were unlucky to go down to defeat at San Siro tonight.

The Zebrette lost 2-1 to a late Mario Balotelli penalty although its award for an apparent foul on Stephan El Shaarawy was extremely soft.

He told Sky Sports afterwards: “We were lucky when it came to the referee’s decision and I am honest when it comes to evaluating incidents and do say that the Udinese player got the ball.

“It is certainly not a penalty that can be given.”

The Rossoneri boss was also very pleased with how his side performed on the whole despite being given a scare due to Giampiero Pinzi’s goal.

“The team were excellent in the first half and during that time Udinese were not in the game but in the second we were lazy and paid the price,” he said. “We are young and know we must improve because we cannot risk dropping points after dominating games like this.

“We lowered our tempo in the second half and too many players were trying individual moves and although we played well again after the equaliser, we should not be in these positions.”

Allegri enjoyed the debut performance of Balotelli who bagged a brace to help the Diavolo move level on points with Inter.

“Mario played very well and has some exceptional qualities but we always knew that. We were fortunate because he was not meant to start and he must improve as he is only 22.”

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