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Abbiati calls for fight after Bologna draw

Created on Sept. 26, 2013 12:56 PM EST

Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati feels the side need to give more in order to turn their early season form around.

Massimiliano Allegri's men drew 3-3 at Bologna on Wednesday, producing a late comeback to take a share of the spoils after heading into the closing stages with a 3-1 deficit.

Striker Robinho and defender Ignazio Abate spared Milan's blushes, the pair scoring in the dying embers to salvage a point after the hosts cancelled out Andrea Poli's opener with a Diego Laxalt double and a strike from Jonathan Cristaldo.

The result makes it just one win from their first five Serie A games for Allegri's side, and Abbiati believes it will take a great deal more effort to get back to winning ways. 

"We had a lot of chances but it seems to be the period that we're going through. As soon as we make a mistake, we pay for it," he said.

"The responsibility is to be shared but it's a shame that the equaliser only came at the end as things might have been different if we had got it sooner.

"That's the way it is at the moment, the slightest mistake and we pay a high price. And so 100 per cent is not enough we have to give more. We have to keep on fighting."

Abbiati's sentiments were echoed by Abate, who is eager for Milan to start showing their quality as they aim to challenge in the upper echelons of the table.

"We have to raise the tension level. We're playing well but evidently it's not enough," Abate commented.

"We have to be more solid. This team has an enormous heart.

"It's an important point and it helps the team's confidence. We have a lot of quality in our squad and now we have to show it."

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