"Look at the table," was the message as Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas launched a staunch defence of his side in the face of questioning about their lack of goals.
Spurs drew 0-0 at Everton on Sunday afternoon and have only nine goals to their name from 10 games in the Premier League.
But a solid defensive record has enabled them to climb to fourth in the table, and Villas-Boas hit back when told only Hull have scored fewer goals among the sides in the top 10.
The Guardian's Andy Hunter has the quotes:
I don't think it is dramatic. We are on 30 goals in 17 games (in all competitions) and it is the second highest ever at the club at this stage so I don't worry about that.
Hull are sitting 10th and we are fourth. The chances are coming and sometimes they go your way and the opponent is not there to stop it. The team is creating more chances and more shots.
I can carry on about all the good statistics and others can carry on about all the negative statistics and the debate will go nowhere.
At the moment it is results that have put us in fourth and in one of the spots for the Champions League. You can have more goals, less goals. We all want excitement but right now the team is doing extremely well.
Roberto Soldado, a £26 million summer signing, is Tottenham's leading scorer in the league with four goals, but three of those were penalties.