Wolves’ lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship was cut to 10 points as they were held to a goalless draw at Barnsley while Derby won 3-0 at Birmingham.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s table-toppers are now unbeaten in 13 league matches but were reined in by the Rams, who moved back up to second place with their victory over the second-bottom Blues.
Johnny Russell put Derby 1-0 up in the 19th minute against Rams boss Gary Rowett’s former club, Matej Vydra added a second in the 56th and Andreas Weimann rounded off the scoring in the 89th minute.
Rowett’s side had been pushed into third by Cardiff, whose four-match losing streak in the league came to an end as they thrashed basement boys Sunderland 4-0 at home in the lunchtime kick-off.
Callum Paterson opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half, Black Cats midfielder Didier Ndong was sent off three minutes later for a challenge on Junior Hoilett and Joe Ralls then extended the hosts’ lead in the 55th minute.
Paterson notched his second goal in the 80th minute and substitute Anthony Pilkington’s stoppage-time effort completed the rout as Sunderland’s ex-Wales boss Chris Coleman endured a thoroughly…