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'It would have been better to be stabbed' - Gattuso wounded by Benevento goalkeeper equaliser

New AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso says that 'it would have been better to be stabbed' after he was denied a maiden victory against Benevento by an injury-time equaliser.

The Rossoneri were stunned in the 95th minute when goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli powered a header past Gianluigi Donnarumma - a historic goal that gave the Stregoni their first ever Serie A point.

Milan had been on course for a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Giacomo Bonaventura and Nikola Kalinic, but Gattuso must wait for his first win.

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"It certainly burns, it hurts. It would've been better to be stabbed," the 39-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

"It hurts to concede goals like that. We suffered in the last 15 minutes but we conceded a strange goal. I would never expect to concede from a goalkeeper in the 95th minute."

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Gattuso, who has taken the reins at San Siro from Vincenzo Montella, will have to raise the spirits of his players after such a blow as they attempt to climb up the table. 

"We conceded a strange goal and that's just how our luck is at the moment," added the former Italy international.

"Today, we lick our wounds, we have a duty to improve our physical condition and our mentality, but I can't reproach them for anything.

"We could have developed our play a lot better when moving forward on some occasions. Benevento have lost their last games without deserving to. They're a lively team and we knew it would be difficult. We paid dearly for the first mistake and we go forward.

"We have a long way to go and a lot to improve."