Montella praises psychological strength

AC Milan head coach Vincenzo Montella says his side showed mental toughness to overcome Crotone 2-1 in their Serie A clash on Sunday.

Gianluca Lapadula netted an 86th-minute winner at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza after Mario Pasalic's 41st-minute strike had cancelled out a 26th minute Diego Falcinelli opener.

But only after Mbaye Niang had missed a penalty for the Rossoneri after 53 minutes, with the game still evenly poised at one goal apiece.

While Davide Nicola's side are second-from-bottom in the standings, Montella praised his players for coming from a goal down and not underestimating their opponents.

After the game, he told Milan TV: "I think it was a hard-fought and deserved win. I am happy because no one underestimated the opponents, it was what I asked the team. The boys won this game with psychological strength, interpreting the match well.

"Fans can be tricked by the different positions in the league, but we know these matches can be tough. I really liked it that the team stayed focused for the entire match and never gave the impression of being in trouble."

On Lapadula's contribution, he added: "He made it to Serie A at 26. He needed some time to adapt, but now he's having the chance to prove his quality. He's got a great temperament and he always gives 120 percent for the team. I am really pleased and he deserves to be in a group like AC Milan's."