(CNN) -- Argentine striker Carlos Tevez scored twice against his former club as Manchester City beat West Ham 3-1 on Monday to move up to fifth place in the English Premier League table.
Carlos Tevez netted twice to lift Manchester City up to fifth place in the Premier League table.
Tevez is still fondly regarded at West Ham after almost single-handedly keeping them in the Premier League during a controversial loan spell three years ago -- and he did not celebrate either of his goals in a result that leaves Gianfranco Zola's side still third from bottom of the table.
West Ham were without England central defender Matthew Upson through injury and, in his absence, the visitors went behind after just five minutes.
Bulgarian Martin Petrov was played in down the left wing and his low cross was converted by Tevez, who was left in acres of space just four yards from goal, for his first league goal for City.
Against the run of play, West Ham levelled in the 24th minute. Alessandro Diamanti's free-kick was only cleared to Radoslav Kovac and his shot was flicked in by Carlton Cole with his back to goal.
However, City restored their advantage just eight minutes later when Petrov, making his first start of the season, drove a low free-kick around the West Ham wall and past goalkeeper Robert Green.
Tevez put the result beyond doubt in the 61st minute when heading home Craig Bellamy's free-kick after being kept on-side by Kovac.
The result puts City on 15 points, behind Liverpool and Tottenham on goal difference but with a game in hand. Manchester United and Chelsea lead the table with 18 points from their seven matches.