Manchester City 5-0 Fulham may have felt like a preordained result before kickoff. But given the results around the Premier League, Manchester City had absolutely no margin for error against Felix Magath's Cottagers.
Liverpool and Chelsea scored six times apiece in dominant wins over Cardiff City and Arsenal, respectively. Everton held on for a narrow victory over Swansea City. So all the contending sides in the Premier League race picked up three points in the table.
Except Arsenal, who may be falling out of that category anyway.
Manchester City dispatched Fulham as though the task were a trip to the supermarket for a gallon of milk. After spilling their bucket at Hull City in their prior match, though, Manchester City were surely happy to have a laugher.
Here are six lessons from Manchester City's dominant victory over Fulham.