Emmanuel Adebayor scored his third goal in as many Premier League games to see off Portsmouth 1-0 as the man who helped bring Manchester City their millions watched from the stands at Fratton Park.
Sulaiman Al Fahim, who fronted the consortium that bought City a year ago, was sat in the crowd four days after it was announced an agreement had been made for him to buy Portsmouth from Alexandre Gaydamak.
City are certainly benefiting from their change of ownership - they only won two away games last season and have matched that total already in their 100% start to the season.
Mark Hughes' men are now in the top four - and Pompey fans will hope Al Fahim brings them a similar change of fortune after losing their first four league games of the campaign.
Adebayor's breakthrough, on the half-hour mark, was a goal of simplicity. Gareth Barry's inswinging corner from the right found the former Arsenal striker, who escaped the attention of Aaron Mokoena and planted his header home from close range.
Micah Richards had an effort chalked off for offside following a slick move that saw Carlos Tevez send Craig Bellamy down the flank with a reverse ball through Niko Kranjcar's legs.
Michael Brown then had the ball in the net for Pompey but Howard Webb had whistled for a handball as the midfielder charged down a clearance.
Chances to add to the 1-0 scoreline continued to come at either end, with David Nugent passing up a simple opportunity at the close when he brought the ball down in the six-yard area before scuffing his shot with just Shay Given to beat.
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