It was an afternoon almost custom-built for the FA Cup with the rain pouring down and a passionate home crowd baying for a Premiership scalp.
However, chances were few and far between. Jermain Defoe twice went close for us while Michael Chopra poked Cardiff's best chance wide as Paul Robinson rushed out of his area to try and meet Lee Young-Pyo's header home.
"I'm happy to take Cardiff back to White Hart Lane," said Martin. "In the first half we couldn't score, in the second half we had two chances but if you look at the last five minutes, they could have nicked it because they had someone spare at the far post.
"If you dont score, this is the best result you can get so I'm satisfied. It wasn't easy but we're still in the FA Cup and we play at home now.
"They were quite lively up front, have a good target man in Chopra, they work hard but we did the same and that was pleasing. In the FA Cup you need a clean sheet and then to score a goal, we couldn't do that so this is the second-best result.
"It was a typical afternoon to go out of the FA Cup and that's what happened to us at Leicester last season and I'm pleased it didn't happen again."
Martin Jol declared himself satisfied with Sunday's goalless draw against Cardiff City in the third round of the FA Cup at Ninian Park.