London, England (CNN) -- Manchester City regained fourth place in English Premier League on Sunday with a resounding 4-1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
First half goals from Carlos Tevez, Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure gave Roberto Mancini's team an unassailable lead at the break.
Fulham boss Mark Hughes was hoping to put one over on Manchester City after their owners sacked him 11 months ago.
But any chance of a second half fight back was snuffed out when Tevez claimed his second, and City's fourth 10 minutes into the second half.
Fulham battled on and were rewarded when Hungarian striker Zoltan Gera found the net in the 70th minute, but it was too little too late.
Fulham remain level on points with Wigan, but one place above the relegation zone in 17th thanks to a superior goal difference.
In the early kick-off Blackburn Rovers moved up to 11th place in the table after beating Aston Villa 2-0 at Ewood Park.
Two goals from Morten Gamst Pedersen secured all three points for Sam Allardyce's men in front of new owners Venkateshwara and Balaji Rao.
Pedersen's first came from a free-kick in first half injury time and added a second in the 66th minute when he diverted a shot from Ryan Nelson past Villa keeper Brad Friedel.
The loss means Gerard Houllier's men slip to 13th place.
In Sunday's two Bundesliga fixtures, Cologne lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 away win at fellow strugglers VfB Stuttgart.
Lukas Poldolski fired home a late penalty to secure a valuable win which puts them level on points with VfB Stuttgart but behind on goal difference.
Meanwhile, the game between St Pauli and Wolfsburg ended in a 1-1 draw in Hamburg.
Markus Thorandt gave for St Pauli the lead in the 28th minute before Edin Dzeko leveled things up nine minutes into the second half.
The result leaves Steve McLaren's Wolfsburg in 11th place, while St Pauli remain in 14th.