The game turned in our favour when Middlesbrough's full-back was red carded for the two-footed lunge five minutes before half-time.
We capitalised on the 10 men when Jermain Defoe put us in front four minutes into the second half and Fredi Kanoute sealed it with 14 minutes left - Boro didn't threaten after the sending off.
"A tackle is a tackle but, to be honest, that was a bit cynical," said Martin. "Maybe in England, you could say he could have given a yellow card.
"But I think it was a deserved red card. If you see it again, Noe could have ended up in hospital.
"It was a shame for them as it proved the turning point in the game, but it was the bit of luck we had."
Martin Jol had few doubts that Franck Queudrue deserved to be sent off for his tackle on Noe Pamarot.