Two goals by Borja Iglesias handed the 2-0 win to Espanyol on Sunday in its away match against Huesca, putting the Barcelona team in La Liga's No. 2 spot, one point behind its eternal rival: Barcelona.
Huesca has lost six of its last seven games and continues to lurk at the bottom of the La Liga standings.
Francisco Rodriguez got off on the wrong foot at the helm of Huesca before a smallish crowd of 7,600 at El Alcoraz Stadium, but Joan Francesc Ferrer, the coach who pulled Huesca into the First Division but now leads Espanyol, had a good day.
Espanyol showed more poise and ability than Huesca, which played courageously and decisively but lacked both experience and luck.
It took Espanyol until the 41st minute to get on the board, with Didac driving down along the left side and getting the ball to Iglesias, who merely had to tap it into the net past Aleksandar Jovanovic.
After the break, the Barcelona team scored once again scored - in the 51st minute with a nice move by Victor Sanchez - but, after several minutes of uncertainty, the referees ruled that it was not a valid goal.
Meanwhile, Espanyol merely bided its time, defending patiently and in an orderly way until Huesca committed an error, losing the ball at midfield, which led to a breakdown in defense that - shortly thereafter - resulted in another mistake in the 64th minute that enabled Iglesias to strike again.
Huesca had considerable time to try and mount a comeback, but they were unable to get things together for even a consolation tally.