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Mancini says Adebayor must forget gun attack

Roberto Mancini feels Emmanuel Adebayor must try and forget the horror he experienced in Angola.

Adebayor scored his first goal since the shocking incident in which three of Togo's backroom team, including their driver, were killed when gunmen opened fire on the team bus prior to the start of the African Nations Cup.

Almost unbelievably, Togo have been expelled from the next two tournaments for withdrawing from this one, a ruling Adebayor has pledged to fight.

Mancini cannot even begin to understand how the £25m Manchester City striker must feel. But, after putting City on their way to a 2-0 win over crisis-hit Portsmouth, he knows the best way of dealing with the issue is to blank it out of his mind.

"It was an incredible situation," said the City chief.

"I hope and think he forgets about the situation. He just needs to think about himself and his family because he is very lucky."

Adebayor's effort was followed up by one from Vincent Kompany as City moved to within a point of fourth spot -- with two games in hand -- despite being well below their best.

The Blues subsequently lost Kompany to a groin problem that might consign the Belgium international to an extended period on the sidelines.

Still Mancini was not expecting any major developments from the world's richest club on the final day of the transfer window, other than a move for Parma's Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga.

However, it did subsequently emerge City had made a renewed effort to sign Adam Johnson from Middlesbrough, a transfer that if it goes through as expected will set back the Eastlands outfit around £7m.

Meanwhile, Mancini revealed three of City's players wore shirts bearing the words "Team Bridge" in support of team-mate Wayne Bridge, who has found himself at the centre of the furore surrounding John Terry over the past few days.

Understanding the sensitivities of the situation, neither Gareth Barry, nor Shaun Wright-Phillips, colleagues of Bridge's at both club and country level, perhaps wisely opted not to wear the shirts.

However, Carlos Tevez, Nigel de Jong and Stephen Ireland do not have to concern themselves with such matters and showed whose side they are on with their statement, which Mancini recognised.

"The players are very close to Wayne," said Mancini.

"He is a fantastic player and a good guy. It was a nice gesture."


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