AC Milan's Massimiliano Allegri praises efforts of team after 1-1 draw against Udinese

The boss was pleased with his side's second-half recovery, and maintained that they were better team on an eventful night at San Siro

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri hailed the character of his team after they fought back in the second-half to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Udinese.

A calamitous error by custodian Christian Abbiati and an early injury to Alexandre Pato handed the advantage to Udinese, but a goal just past the hour mark by Stephen El Sharawy secured a point for the hosts.

“I think that Milan played a better game tonight and deserved the point,” said Allegri to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

“We were at a disadvantage due to our goalkeeper’s accident, then we lost Pato, but the team demonstrated great maturity and did not give them anything in the second half. I told the guys to stay calm, to play with patience and not to expose themselves on the counterattack, and they did that and had a good second-half.”

The 44-year-old tactician also lamented the loss of Pato to a suspected hamstring problem, but said that he had no definite knowledge on the extent of the injury.

“For Pato, I hope it’s nothing serious, but we’ll have to make do,” observed Allegri. “It is not a good time, we have 12 players out and play every three days.”

The result leaves Milan still searching for their first win of the season, having now picked up two points from their opening three games.