Hull City's 1-0 win at Burnley on Monday night lifted the Tigers into second in the npower Championship table and although there's still the possibility of someone making a late surge, it now increasingly looks like a four-way battle between Cardiff City, Steve Bruce's side, Watford and Crystal Palace for the two automatic promotion places.

It should be an entertaining fight and I think one factor in who goes straight up and who has to go through the drama and potential agony of the Play-Offs could be the experience of the four managers.

I'm talking specifically about the men who have the experience of getting teams up - Bruce and Ian Holloway - and Malky Mackay and Gianfranco Zola, who have done a fantastic job this season but don't yet have a successful promotion campaign on their respective CVs.

It's all about small margins at this stage of the season. Bruce and Holloway know what it takes to get over the line and their squads will be well aware of that. Mackay and Zola are far from novices but haven't yet got their teams out of the division and are being chased down by men who have been there before.

There was an interesting interview with Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi in which he outlined an ambitious long-term plan for the club which, unsurprisingly, included promotion to the Premier League.

What was definitely more of shock was Al Hasawi talking about Champions League football at the City Ground in the next five or six years.

Personally, I'm all for clubs having ambition and clear targets but I have to say talk of European football is a step too far for Forest at the moment. Billy Davies has reinvigorated the side since he became manager last month and Forest are knocking on the door of the Play-Offs but the Champions League is it a bit fanciful, isn't it?

For me, every npower Championship club should try and model themselves on Stoke City. The Potters are a great example of a side which won promotion and have genuinely consolidated and built solid Premier League foundations rather than reaching for the sky. The danger when you raise expectations unrealistically high is the sense of failure that follows if you don't meet your targets.

Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies revealed on the BBC's Late Kick Off this week that he's out of contract this summer and the club haven't yet offered him a new deal. No-one would dispute what a loyal servant Kevin has been to the club but I don't think you can blame Bolton to see what happens between now and the end of the season before making a decision about the skipper.

Ironically, Kevin's best chance of getting a new deal probably rests on Bolton's promotion prospects. If they were to get into the Premier League through the Play-Offs, they'd have the cash to keep him on and although they know he wouldn't play every game, he'd be worth a contract because of his experience and his influence on the dressing room.

But if they don't go up, it may be time to part company and then Kevin would have to decide whether he had the energy and motivation to find a new club on what probably be only a year-long deal and start all over again. He's 36 later this month and the years catch up with all of us sooner or later.

The most eye-catching statistic from the weekend's action had to be the news that Peterborough United's 0-0 stalemate with Ipswich Town at London Road was Posh's first goalless draw in 172 games in all competitions.

Funnily enough, the last time they recorded a 0-0 blank was against Ipswich back in December 2009. That's an unbelievable sequence and although it's been a tough season for Posh supporters, I suppose it does mean they have been getting decent value for money over the last four years in terms of seeing at least one goal every game. Unfortunately, those goals haven't always been scored by Darren Ferguson's players.

The award for the stupidest player of the week has to go to Brighton and Hove Albion's Ashley Barnes, who was sent off at the death in their 1-0 defeat at Bolton for reportedly trying to trip over referee Nigel Miller.

I've watched the incident and it does look like Barnes leaves a leg out with the intention of upending the referee, who stumbled, turned around and immediately showed him a straight red card.

Let's be honest, it's a funny story for the neutral but Gus Poyet must be absolutely fuming. Any sending off is disappointing because it results in suspension but Barnes got himself sent off 10 seconds before the final whistle in a game Albion couldn't rescue and will now miss at least four games as Brighton push for a Play-Off place.

I've seen some pretty stupid things on a football pitch in my time but I can honestly say I've never witnessed something as utterly idiotic as that.