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The Rossoneri coach has defended his side's recent showings, maintaining that critics have been too harsh in evaluating their form of late

AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has come out in defence of his side's recent performances after the 1-0 victory over Genoa at San Siro on Saturday.

Stephan El Shaarawy's late goal ended 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," he told reporters after the match. "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."

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," he confirmed. "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."

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