Valencia defeated Getafe 2-0 at the Mestalla on Sunday to pick up their first Primera Division win in five games.
Tino Costa set the ball rolling for Unai Emery's side with a sublime volleyed opener while David Navarro made sure of the three points when he tucked home the second after the break. Valencia might have won by an even greater margin after overwhelming a lacklustre Getafe late on, but the win nevertheless moves them back into the top four following a dismal recent run.
Getafe are down in 11th place after their third successive defeat. The visitors created the first chance of the match on five minutes, Manu del Moral's low drive bringing a good save from the feet of Miguel Moya. Despite their bright opening the visitors were soon behind to a moment of brilliance by Costa. After a slick passing move, Juan Mata unlocked the visiting backline with a lofted pass in to Costa, who did superbly to control the ball on his chest before lashing the ball home on the volley beyond the helpless Jordi Codina.
Los Che nearly doubled their lead on 16 minutes when Navarro got his head to Joaquin's outswinging corner, but Del Moral was in the right place to clear to safety. Adrian Colunga spurned Getafe's best chance of the opening 45 minutes when he fired straight at Moya from close range.
Valencia doubled their lead on 63 minutes when the unmarked Navarro's header from a Costa free-kick forced Codina to parry, but the defender was alert to the rebound and lashed home with the Getafe defenders conspicuous by their absence. The hosts pushed on in search of another in the final 15 minutes. Roberto Soldado went close with a cheeky backheel from inside the six-yard box that Codina kept out, while moments later Joaquin cut in from the right wing and curled an effort against the left-hand upright with the goalkeeper beaten.
Getafe's Fernandez Borja was lucky not to put past his own goalkeeper in his efforts to repel another Valencia attacking move, Codina unwittingly getting his body in the way of his defender's sliced clearance as the hosts were denied what would have been a deserved third.