Vincenzo Montella expressed his delight for Gianluca Lapadula after the forward’s late goal gave Milan a 2-1 win over Palermo.
It looked as if the Rossoneri would fail to beat the struggling Sicilians, but Lapadula’s 83rd minute intervention ensured the three points headed back to San Siro.
Speaking to reporters after the game, the Coach added that the 26-year-old’s late strike was a just reward for the hard work he puts in, despite his lack of game time since the start of the season.
“I am particularly happy with his [Lapadula’s] goal,” Montella said. “When a Coach has the chance to make decisions, it is a great thing.
“Lapadula started a little behind compared to the others, but he has now started some matches.
“With work, he can climb the pecking order. I repeat, I am happy with his goal, because he has a fighting spirit and I know how hard he is working for the few minutes he has played up until now.”
Montella then commented on the hard-earned win in Sicily, a result which lifts the Rossoneri up to 2nd in Serie A.
“Today’s was an important and meaningful win, though we suffered.
“We showed our qualities. When you win, you work with more calmness. In the second half we conceded territory to Palermo, who deservedly equalised.
“Then we woke up again and we had the mental, technical and physical strength to create chances and score. The spirit of the team is there.”