In the end, the misses mattered little after Fredi Kanoute crashed home the winner in the second half for out third-successive victory in the Barclays Premiership.
"A draw would have been disappointing," said Head Coach Martin afterwards.
"We had chances in the first half with Ricketts, Keane and Browny and then more after we scored.
"So it would have been a bit dramatic if we hadn't got the three points but we did that so everything is okay.
"It's a good feeling but we did well before. I think there are only one or two clubs with a better away record than us so it's not easy to beat us.
"On the other hand, City are a hard side to beat at home because they have had a terrific record in the last month. Blackburn also had a good spell before we played them and I thought we were the better team there as well."
Meanwhile, Martin was quick to praise our superb travelling support. "They were terrific again, as they have been all season," he added. "That's always a lift for us and there is nothing better than to give them something to take home with them."
Martin Jol admitted it would have been a huge blow not to come away from Manchester City with maximum points after missing a host of chances.