ROTHERHAM UNITED: Handling the booze is good for MoM Ben!

Decent side: Rotherham are improving everyweek says Ben Pringle.
Decent side: Rotherham are improving everyweek says Ben Pringle.
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BEN Pringle chuckled as he issued the denial. No, he isn’t thinking of setting up his own little sideline in time for Christmas.

He could do. After all, there’s a market for a bit of extra booze over the festive period and the little midfielder has been stacking his up!

Pringle walked off with another bottle as sponsor’s man of the match tucked under his arm last Saturday and it has been a pretty regular occurrence this season.

In fact, they even did them in the pre-season friendlies and his sandy-hair and enormous work rate kept catching the eye of those voting. He kept winning and has done so quite a few times since.

Scoring also helps too, particularly the well-taken type we saw which earned a replay against Notts County.

It took his goal tally to five, certainly an acceptable return for a midfielder at this stage of the season.

Not that he’s managed to pin down the central midfield spot he probably feels he’s best suited to. So far, Pringle has operated in different positions and roles, initially on the left, then playing off a lone striker and, as last Saturday, basically from the right flank.

For Pringle and co, the competition for places looks only likely to get fiercer with key players set to be available shortly after injury.

Whatever, the former Derby County man believes the side is improving every week. However, he’d prefer less promotion talk than there has been.

“To be honest, I’ve got a bit bored everybody talking about promotion,” he said.

“We’ve only just come out of November but people we on about it. Then we lose at home to Wycombe and you’d think we were going to get relegated or something.

“Let’s all relax, calm down and see what happens at the end of the season. That’s when to judge us but I do feel we are going along nicely.

“We played a good side (Notts County) on Saturday but when we finally got to grips, got on the ball and passed it, then we showed we are a decent side and one I think that is improving every week.”

The Millers entertain League Two leaders Gillingham on Saturday and expect another good crowd to follow on Saturday’s near 8,000 gate.

The club have now put half-season tickets on sale and these are available from the New York Stadium.

The first game they will be operative from will be the one against promotion-chasing Port Vale on Boxing Day.