Gattuso: It would’ve been better to be stabbed

Gennaro Gattuso, Milan

Gennaro Gattuso was left disappointed that his first match in charge of AC Milan ended with two points lost against lowly Benevento.

Milan were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with the Serie A bottom-side after goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli headed in a 95th minute equaliser.

The visitors to the Stadio Ciro Vigorito looked set to be on course for the win after Nikola Kalinic had cancelled out George Puscas’ second-half equaliser following an opening goal from Giacomo Bonaventura.

Benevento had lost their previous 14 matches in Serie A but Alessio Romagnoli’s red card on 75 minutes saw the match swing in favour of the Roberto De Zerbi’s men.

After the game, an angry Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia: “It certainly burns, it hurts. It would’ve been better to be stabbed.

“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.”

He added on Premium Sport: “We conceded a strange goal and that’s just how our luck is at the moment.

“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.”