MANCHESTER City kept up their chase for a top four finish by despatching Fulham’s European heroes without fuss at Craven Cottage.
City went ahead early on when Roque Santa Cruz tapped in after Craig Bellamy had hit a post and Carlos Tevez doubled the lead from close range with his 22nd goal of the season before half-time.
Fulham, fresh from their Europa League conquest of Juventus, pulled one back through Danny Murphy’s penalty after Gareth Barry’s handball.
But City held on for a win that leaves them in fifth place, just two points behind Tottenham and with the advantage of a game in hand.
Fulham remain 10th, comfortably clear of the relegation battle but six points adrift of Birmingham.