Well played Bradford City. You're an absolute credit to npower League 2.

I have to confess that I didn't give Phil Parkinson's men too much of a prayer against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup quarter-final, but no one who saw the game could begrudge them the win, even if it was on penalties.

Yes, the Gunners missed a lot of chances, but Bradford showed organisation, discipline, fight and also lots of individual quality, too. In front a raucous home crowd they rose to the occasion magnificently, and then when the pressure was really on they held their nerve better than their more illustrious Premier League counterparts.

I bet Bradford are scratching their heads and wondering if it's true, but it is, they are Capital One Cup semi-finalists.

Away from the big match action I was interested in the recent debate on safe standing areas making a return to football. I know that the Premier League opposes the idea but 13 clubs in England have backed the idea of a trial, two of which were AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle.

Personally I miss standing at the big grounds. Back in my day it was brilliant to see the crowds swaying back and forth on the Kop and in the Stretford End and I do believe it made for a better atmosphere.

There's no doubt in my mind that safety has to come first, and that the introduction of all-seater stadiums has been fantastic, especially for families, but if there is a way for safe standing areas to be set up I'd be all for it.

I wouldn't want English football to dive straight back in without giving it a trial and learning from the way some European leagues manage it, but if safe standing is proven to work okay, fans in this country, or at least the majority of them, would welcome it.

As always, money is a hot topic at this level of football and it usually centres on the fact that there isn't enough to go round. With this in mind I was gutted to hear that Southend United's players and staff were still waiting for November's pay packets this week.

The Essex side have gone 11 matches unbeaten, reached the FA Cup third round, and Paul Sturrock is doing a good job, so everything surrounding the team itself is on a high. Then suddenly, they get a kick in the teeth because the wages are late. It must be horrible for them.

Hopefully the situation will be resolved quickly, and I'm sure it will, but at this time of the year players are no different to everyone else. We all have a lot of expense, and some of them will be struggling to make ends meet while preparing for Christmas.

Footballers in npower League 2 are better off than a lot of people, but they're not rich. Most have mortgages to pay, so it's important for wages to arrive on time. Thankfully I never experienced this as a player or a manager, but whenever I hear of it, those involved always have my utmost sympathy.

Cash isn't in such short supply at Fleetwood Town by all accounts, so I think Graham Alexander has fell on his feet by landing his first managerial job at Highbury.

My first job was at Northwich Victoria and we had absolutely nothing in the kitty. It was a nightmare. Thankfully we somehow pulled together and won more battles than we lost, so it didn't affect our fortunes too much. For me as a manager I probably learned more from that period of hardship than at any other time. It helped me become a better boss that's for sure.

That said, every new manager likes to have something to spend so that he can make his own improvements and Graham will be in that privileged position in January. Fleetwood Town are in a good position, they're ambitious, and despite a few blips of late remain well fancied to go up.

It's a high pressure debut role but Gary Alexander knows the game, and I wish him well.