It has been a frustrating period for the Republic of Ireland under-21 skipper, an injury at Sheffield United in pre-season denied him the opportunity of pressing his claims for a starting spot at the beginning of the campaign
He earned a call for Martin's first game in charge at Burnley in the Carling Cup in an unfamiliar left-back role only to see continued selection blocked by a thumb injury and concussion.
He took his chance well at Ewood Park and the Head Coach was happy to see his defensive options increased following a near faultless display.
"I am so pleased when selections come off because I have to create things," reflected Martin afterwards. "I played Rohan Ricketts twice before Blackburn and have to experiment sometimes because our squad is not the biggest.
"With Kelly I thought why not? He is a terrific lad, he did very well for me at left back against Burnley and he is a real Tottenham player. I am very proud of him.
"We were a little bit worried because they play with Emerton on the left and he is quick. Stephen did a very good job and I have to compliment Atouba on the other side because he wasn't really fit, but I needed him as I didn't have another full-back for the left.
"You shouldn't forget about Noe Pamarot. He played the first two games of the week and I thought three might be a bit too much.
"It is very good for me to know I have such good cover, I have Phil Ifil as well and he too is a good Tottenham player. At the back it is looking better and better, I bought Anthony Gardner on and he did well.
"I'm very pleased, there was room for improvement with the performance, but it was a good result."
Martin Jol was delighted with the performance of Stephen Kelly, who stepped in at right back in the win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.