The All Whites striker Chris Wood has marked his debut for English championship football side Leicester City with two goals as the fifth-placed Foxes defeated Huddersfield 6-1.
Wood, who netted 11 times on loan at Millwall before he was recalled by West Bromwich Albion, completed his switch to Leicester on the morning of the match and scored in the sixth minute.
Wood added his second midway through the first half as City secured their second successive victory.
Meanwhile Cardiff have moved seven points clear at the top of the championship after a 1-nil victory at Birmingham, while second placed Hull had to settle for a nil-all draw at Blackpool.
Cardiff have won nine of their past 11 games and will hope to extend the pattern of the past seven years, which has seen the team top at this stage promoted to the premier league.
Hull have stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches but their failure to win at Blackpool gave Cardiff a significant cushion at the top.
Crystal Palace have climbed to third place - two points behind Hull - after a 3-1 win over Wolves.
Watford held onto the last play-off spot despite losing 4-3 to Charlton while Millwall remain in the hunt for a play-off spot after beating Bristol City 2-1 at the Den.
Elsewhere, fourth-placed Middlesbrough slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Derby, managerless Blackburn beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 and Brighton won 3-0 at Ipswich.
Leeds beat Bolton 1-0, Burnley won 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough enjoyed a crucial 2-1 win over Barnsley.