Three members of the Togo backroom staff were killed in the terrorist atrocity that resulted in Adebayor and his team-mates pulling out of the African Nations Cup. There was no joyous celebration as Adebayor rattled his 40th-minute effort past David James to open the scoring in a 2-0 victory over crisis club Portsmouth.
But as City returned for the second half, the former Arsenal star looked quietly but pointedly to the sky in honour of his fallen colleagues. By then, Vincent Kompany had powered home a header from Martin Petrov's corner to ensure the Blues moved to within a point of fourth spot despite a less than convincing performance that was still enough to overcome Pompey, who tried hard enough but were too limited to have any impact.
Although Grant has pledged to remain as manager, there is little to be gained from his job at present other that personal pride.