Wolves extend lead to five
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The match at Edgeley Park was effectively over in the 14th minute when Darren Clare was sent off for a professional foul and Dean Sturridge converted the penalty.
Sturridge hit another in the second half - his 11th in as many games - while Mark Kennedy also hit a brace, the second a 30-yard screamer.
Luke Beckett gave County fleeting hope with a 33rd minute strike.
Wolves are now five points clear of Kevin Keegan's side who could not find a way past Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.
Two points behind City are West Bromwich Albion who smashed Portsmouth 5-0 at The Hawthorns.
The 1-0 specialists ran rampant in the first half, hitting four through Jason Roberts, Larus Sigurdsson, Scott Dobie and Igor Balis - with former Bristol Rovers man Roberts hitting a second after the interval.
Albion leap above Millwall, who beat them in midweek, after The Lions fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Wimbledon, for whom Kevin Cooper hit a trademark 20-yard drive.
Burnley remain in fifth after a 2-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra, courtesy of goals from Gareth Taylor and Alan Moore, with Rob Hulse scoring for The Railwaymen.
Sixth place Coventry City continued their superb run of form beating Barnsley 4-0.
Youssef Chippo put them ahead after just 17 seconds, with David Thompson scoring twice and Lee Mills - bagging against his hometown side - also scoring.
In the South Yorkshire derby, Richie Barker's last minute strike gave Rotherham United a 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday.
Alan Lee put The Millers ahead after 50 minutes but Shefki Kuqi's equaliser seemed to have earned them a point until Barker's late intervention.
In a day full of goals the most surprising result saw Bradford thrash Gillingham 4-0 at Priestfield.
Mark Patterson put through his own net after eight minutes, with Ashley Ward, Jamie Lawrence and Danny Cadamarteri - on his debut also scoring.
Birmingham City kept up their hopes of making the playoffs, beating Watford 3-2.
Darren Purse opened the scoring, before ex-Hornet Tommy Mooney's brace (the second from a penalty spot) put them three ahead.
Steve Bruce's side held on despite Jermaine Pennant and Michael Johnson's late own goal.
Crystal Palace lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield United with Michael Brown hitting the game's only goal on the hour mark.
Finally, Nottingham Forest were held to a goalless draw at home to Grimsby Town.
Birmingham 3 Watford 2
Coventry 4 Barnsley 0
Crewe 1 Burnley 2
Crystal Palace 0 Sheffield Utd 1
Gillingham 0 Bradford 4
Millwall 0 Wimbledon 1
Nottingham Forest 0 Grimsby 0
Sheff Wed 1 Rotherham 1
Stockport 1 Wolves 4
Walsall 0 Manchester City 0
West Brom 5 Portsmouth 0