Not surprisingly, City hit back in the second half, pulled a goal back via Joey Barton and put us under more territorial pressure but there was to be no denying us this time.
The victory came in Martin’s 100th game in charge, stretched our recent run to two defeats in 19 games and lifted us up to seventh in the Premiership, just three points behind Liverpool in third.
“It was a great win, especially here at Manchester City,” reflected Martin at Eastlands. “I won’t say they win all their games at home but before today they had four wins and four draws and only conceded one goal in those eight matches, but we scored two in the first half and could have scored another two three.
“That was our problem, because at 3-0 the game would have been all over but with Stuart Pearce, 2-0 is never enough.
“City showed that in the second half, scored with half an hour to go and with all the matches we’ve played lately, I knew we might have needed that third goal. In the end it was enough and that was pleasing.”
Martin Jol described himself as a ‘very happy man’ after we claimed our first away win in the Barclays Premiership this season at Manchester City on Sunday.Goals from Calum Davenport – his first for us – and a wonderful strike from Tom Huddlestone – his first for us in the league – handed us a 2-0 lead at the break and that scoreline was the least we deserved after completely dominating proceedings in the opening 45 minutes.