"You look at them. (Ayegbeni) Yakubu was £12million, Andy Johnson £8million. They are quality players up front but this time they defended well.
"I'm not saying I haven't spent a lot as well this season but I got Kanu from...where? Nowhere really. I sold Gary O'Neil (to Middlesbrough) even though I liked him when he was here and brought big Papa Diop to balance things up.
"Whatever I've done, I've done it right, haven't I? I knew I'd lose players to the African Cup when I signed them but it was worth a gamble if it puts us where we are now, with 27 points at this stage of the season."