Match verdict: Now this Leicester City side looks the real deal
Say it quietly, even whisper it, Leicester City look like genuine automatic promotion candidates.
Nigel Pearson's men are the side on the move. On a day when nearly all their promotion rivals dropped points, City stepped up a gear to embarrass Bristol City on their own patch to move into third and just two points off the top two.
Before Christmas, City were a side that had performed well on the majority of occasions but had not taken the points those performances had deserved.
If David Nugent did not score, City had struggled to consistently turn performances into points.
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The arrival of striker Chris Wood has been the difference. City fans would have to scour the record books to see if there has ever been a player who has made such an immediate impact.
The New Zealander grabbed the second hat-trick of his career to take his goal tally to five in his first two Championship games for City and six in his first three appearances in all competitions.
The £2million deal that brought the 21-year-old from West Brom is a superb piece of business by City.
Credit where credit is due. Under Sven-Goran Eriksson, it was hard to argue City got a lot of value for money.
But Wood is looking like an absolute bargain, and there must be some people at Albion looking at his impact at City and wondering if their valuation was a little on the low side.
In fact, the fact that Albion have let him go after spending several years farming him out on loan to gain experience and develop is a head-scratcher, especially as they are not blessed with a lot of strikers.
Surely given time, Wood would have been challenging for a place in their side because, on current form, he is good enough for the Premier League.
Albion's loss is City's gain, because that quality makes him a good fit for Leicester, as Pearson's side look like they are now ready to make the step up.
Everything about this City side feels good. They are defensively resolute, as their 11th clean sheet of the campaign proves, and the central midfield of Danny Drinkwater and Matty James is providing a sound platform for the team's attacking talent to strut their stuff.
And strut is exactly what they have been doing lately, having scored 10 goals in their last two Championship games.
Anthony Knockaert is a match-winner, and his early departure on Saturday after picking up a knock was the only sour note to the afternoon, while Ben Marshall is also returning to better form.
The strike pair of David Nugent and Wood have struck up an immediate understanding, while City also have the likes of Martyn Waghorn, who is also in good form, to go on off the bench and make an impact.
But above all, this City side play as a team. They work incredibly hard for each other, are developing with every game and can only get stronger as the season wears on.
And they can grab an automatic promotion spot.