Josh Kennedy returned to his goal-scoring best to help German Bundesliga side Karlsruhe to a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg.

The towering 25-year-old Australian striker, who completed his transfer from FC Nurnberg in January, notched up his fourth goal in five games for his new club on Saturday.

Kennedy, who scored one of the Socceroos' three goals in their World Cup qualifier win against Qatar last month, missed a chance in the second half after mistiming a header off a cross from Alexander Iashvili.

But in the 73rd minute Kennedy took full advantage of another opportunity from the Georgia international whose sliding pass was expertly fired into the net by the Australian.

Kennedy had earlier helped set up a first-half goal when Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio palmed off the Australian's header before Mario Eggiman collected the ball to slot it home from close range.

The visitors managed to level the scores shortly afterwards thanks to a well-placed shot from Marcel Schafer.

But Iashvili secured victory for the home side in injury time with a 14-metre shot into the top corner, ensuring the home side a fifth place spot in the Bundesliga table and lifting the club into the European places.

In the English Premier League, Mile Sterjovski started his first game for Derby since his recent move from Genclerbirligi.

But there was little joy for the Socceroo's midfielder, whose team could only manage a 0-0 draw with Sunderland.

Lucas Neill's West Ham suffered a 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea, while a calf injury kept Mark Viduka from making a start for his struggling side Newcastle in their 1-0 defeat by Brett Emerton's Blackburn side.

Mark Schwarzer also had little joy with Middlesbrough going down 1-0 to Reading thanks to a final-minute winning shot by James Harper at the Riverside Stadium.

Manchester United beat Fulham 3-0 while Birmingham celebrated a 4-1 victory over Carling Cup winners Tottenham, Arsenal drew 1-1 with Aston Villa and Manchester City had a goalless draw against Wigan.

Scot McDonald's Celtic enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League with goals from Lee Naylor and substitute Georgios Samaras.