Cutrone venom impresses Gattuso after leaving Roma stung

Patrick Cutrone's killer instinct drew praise from Gennaro Gattuso after AC Milan prevailed in a dramatic finale against Roma at San Siro.

Patrick Cutrone and Gennaro Gattuso celebrate after the win over Roma.   -  Getty Images

Gennaro Gattuso credited Patrick Cutrone with having "venom inside of him" after the substitute stole a last-gasp 2-1 win for AC Milan over Roma.

Federico Fazio equalised for visitor Roma after Franck Kessie opened the scoring five minutes before half-time in Serie A action at San Siro on Friday.

Milan's Gonzalo Higuain and Roma midfielder Steven N'Zonzi both had goals ruled out for their respective sides but the former still made a telling impact at the last – slotting a measured pass into Cutrone's path for the 20-year-old Italy forward to coolly finish.

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"Patrick in this moment has the venom inside of him," head coach Gattuso told Italian broadcaster Sky Sport after his team bounced back from their sapping 3-2 loss to Napoli.

"We are at the second round of games and we're already talking about a turning point. 

"There was great regret after the Napoli game but we didn't throw everything away, I knew it.

"We have strengthened but I can't talk about a turning point after the second game."

Gattuso, famously a combative midfielder during his playing days, was impressed by his team's willingness to battle through some heavy weather when Roma was in the ascendancy after half-time.

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"We worked on our mentality and on knowing how to suffer," he said.

"We can't think that we can control the game for 90 minutes. Sometimes you need to play with a knife between your teeth."

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