By FOX Sports Staff
The Rossoneri benefitted from Riccardo Montolivo's awareness as the midfielder was the first to reach the ball after Mario Balotelli's free-kick was not adequately dealt with by home custodian Christian Puggioni early on.
For the rest of the game, they remained in control and Balotelli even had several other chances go begging. But Allegri was not concerned that his side came away with just one goal in the although he did go on to remind his players that the coming weeks would see them face tougher opponents.
Currently in third and nine points behind Juventus in the title race, Milan could fall further behind if they do not register wins against Fiorentina and Napoli in the coming games. The Neapolitans are ahead of them in the Serie A while Fiorentina have been the surprise package of the season and are chasing the final Champions League qualifying spot.
"We should be happy as we're about to go into a tough period where it'll be tough to put points on the table. The team managed the game well," Allegri told the club website.
"The team did well and risked very little even though we had to fight. We played better than we did here last season.
"We have a couple of days off now and then we have three enormous matches against our direct rivals and that'll be tough. Six points can be a lot or a little as now we have to face Fiorentina, Napoli and Juventus.
"As things are we're playing well organized football and we're not letting in many goals, let's hope that continues."
Montolivo was impressive even aside from scoring what turned out to be the deciding goal as he controlled the midfield with his intelligent passing of the ball. Captain Massimo Ambrosini, in particular, enjoyed the midfielder's performance and tipped him to become a leader for the side in the future.
"He has important qualities: Class, personality and everything needed to become a leader of this group for the next 10 years," the 35-year-old observed. "I hope that happens as he's a great guy."
The former Fiorentina midfielder, though, admits that playing against his former side will be a tough challenge next week.
"I played for seven seasons in Florence so it won't be just another game for me but in my mind the aim is to get the points to play in the Champions League next season and we need to get those points against Fiorentina, Napoli and Juventus," Montolivo commented.
"We've been convinced that it was going to be a good year right from the start even though the first few results didn't go well. Now we have Balotelli up front and he's doing great things.
"We have to stay focused though until the end of the season as we've already played our joker card and we have make sure we don't slip up."
Milan are six points ahead of Fiorentina and face them at the Artemio Franchi Stadium next Sunday.