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Abate: Milan were scared of winning

AC Milan fullback Ignazio Abate believes his side were 'afraid of winning' against Lazio as they blew a 1-0 lead to draw.

AC Milan threw away a 1-0 lead against Lazio last night to draw 1-1 and defender Ignazio Abate feels his teammates problem was psychological.

It has been a poor campaign for the Rossoneri whose title chances already look nonexistent and coach Massimiliano Allegri's job is hanging by a thread.

Last night was a golden opportunity for the Diavolo to get back on track as they led Lazio 1-0 courtesy of a Kaka strike, but they conceded a headed equaliser and were forced to settle for a point.

While fingers will be pointed at a lack of intensity in the latter stages of the game and Milan's weakness at defending headers, fullback Abate offered a more cerebral view.

"At 1-0 up we should have been more ruthless," he said after the final whistle. "It seemed like we were a bit scared of winning.

"It's clear that things aren't going well - you only have to open a newspaper to see that. I just hope that the turning point comes soon. Tactically there's nothing wrong with our defence. We played well."

Abate also paid tribute to scorer Kaka, but insisted that the Brazilian's recent transcendent form is no surprise.

"We didn't just discover Kaka this evening," he said. "He makes the difference. He has given his all to return to being the great player he was and he is very important to us." 

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