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Rulli confident he can turn whistles in to cheers

Rulli confident he can turn whistles in to cheers

Real Sociedad keeper Geronimo Rulli has said he will turn whistles into applause after a struggling performance against Rayo Vallecano.

La Real boss Asier Garitano approached the mid-week game, hoping to rest a number of players for the weekend’s match against Valencia, but it almost back-fired on the former Leganes coach.

Asier Illarramendi, Willian Jose and Zurutuza were all left on the bench, whilst Theo and Juanmi were suspended after being sent off against Huesca last weekend.

Rayo, have been struggling so far this season but they produced a good performance at the Anoeta.

Jon Bautista opened the scoring for the home side and things looked as though, they would go their way but a six minute spree from Rayo saw them go 2-1 ahead.

Luis Advincula and an Oscar Trejo penalty put the visitors to the good, but they failed to hold on in the second half.

Willian Jose was hauled off the bench by Garitano, whilst both Illarramendi and Zurutuza both came on too.

And, it was the former who rescued a point for his side, sparing the blushes of Garitano – who was lucky that his decision to the rest the three aforementioned did not see his team lose.

Rulli, who was once again whistled during the game for a number of mistakes this season – has reacted to the crowd upset.

“I do not like whistles, ” he told reporters. “But I will use the applauding from some supporters and those that have supported me through all times.

“I will turn the whistles in to applause. I will move forward past this hard time. Last year things did not go as I would have liked and last year I did not know how to handle it.

“But this year, I know, and the coach has confidence in me.”

La Real now face Valencia at the weekend, whilst Rayo face Espanyol.