There was plenty of entertainment in npower League 1 this weekend but it was Coventry City's 4-1 demolition of Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium that really caught my eye. I don't think many people saw that coming and the result owed much to another couple of goals from David McGoldrick.

Two more goals took his tally for the season to 15 in just 19 league games for the Sky Blues but I had to chuckle when I heard his post-match comments in which he admitted he was disappointed not to have got his hat-trick. Some might call him greedy but I'd have loved to have a character like that in any side of mine.

You've got to love his attitude, haven't you? A lot of strikers would probably have been happy with a couple but it seems all he could think about was the goals he didn't score, which I think speaks volumes about the lad. Although I was lucky enough to score seven hat-tricks during my career, I was usually happy with just the one goal in a game.

McGoldrick is on loan from Nottingham Forest. I think the deal expires next month and I'm sure Coventry will be desperate to keep him at the Ricoh Arena for longer.

Brentford are flying at the moment under Uwe Rosler after their impressive 2-1 win at Notts County on Saturday. They followed it up with a good 4-2 victory over Bradford City in midweek in the second round of the FA Cup and listening to Uwe you can feel the sense of optimism in his voice.

The Bees' great strength this season has been team spirit and it proves once again how far a collective will and togetherness can take you. The game constantly evolves and tactics change but a side with unity and a willingness to fight will always be in with a shout.

It wasn't a great weekend for Hartlepool United after their 1-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons, a result which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table. It's going to be a long, hard slog in the New Year for Pool but it was refreshing to see manager John Hughes hold his hand up after the Dons game and admit he got it tactically wrong.

The cynics would argue that it's a sign of weakness but I see it as a positive. It's possible for a manager to hide behind the players when things aren't going well but John decided to front up and you've got to respect that.

When I was manager at Oldham Athletic, Shaun Garnett approached me and said the players weren't comfortable with the 3-5-2 system I was using. He was a senior player, I listened because our results hadn't been good and told him we'd give 4-4-2 a try in our next game.

To be fair, we got beat badly away at Port Vale and quickly went back to 3-5-2 with John Sheridan as the pivot, but the point is managers aren't infallible and it's not weakness to admit you don't always get it right.

Bournemouth beat Colchester United 1-0 at the Goldsands Stadium to maintain their push for a Play-Off place and it reminded me that David James is still going strong at the grand old age of 42. I would have loved to play when I was 40 let alone 42 and beyond and I'm full of admiration for James and his appetite for the game.

He's achieved so much and I'm sure he's a very wealthy man by now but he's still putting himself through it when many others would have hung up the boots. Goalkeepers may not run around much but they have to throw themselves about and remain supple and to be ready to put that work in to play in npower League 1 when you've spent most of your career at the top level is a credit to him.

I'd like to wish Peter Ndlovu a speedy recovery after the recent car crash that claimed the life of his brother back home in Zimbabwe. It's horrible news and I'm sure everyone's thoughts are with him and his family.

I hope you all have a great Christmas. As a player, it was tough when I had to train or travel on the big day but it really depends on your manager how much time you get at home over the festive period.

When I was in charge at Oldham, Barnsley and Huddersfield Town, my philosophy was to give the lads as much time off as possible. I gave them ownership of the situation and tried to treat them as grown-ups rather than kids.

And if I'm being honest, I really didn't want to antagonise the wives and girlfriends at this time of year. A happy player tends to be a better player and I didn't want to take them away from their families unnecessarily over Christmas and risk the potential domestics.