By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cardiff moved five points clear at the top, while QPR won 2-1 at Southampton.
Cardiff moved five points clear at the top of The Championship following a 4-0 win over ten-man Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ninian Park.
A powerful header by Riccardo Scimeca from Paul Parry's corner gave Dave Jones's side a 40th minute lead against the manager's former club.
An unfortunate own goal from Jody Craddock five minutes after the interval effectively settled the contest, and Malvin Kamara's strike with the outside of his boot, and Paul Parry's turn and shot put the gloss on another fine performance for the hosts.
Mick McCarthy will be pondering what might have happened had he been able to call on a full complement - Gary Breen was red carded just 23 minutes in, following a clash with Steven Thompson.
Performance of the day went to Queens Park Rangers, who came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's, and make it two wins out of two for new manager John Gregory.
It did not appear likely when Saints, who started the day in third place, took a third minute lead through Jermaine Wright. But Dexter Blackstock came back to haunt the club he left earlier this season with a glancing header in the 34th minute.
And Kelvin Davis's gaffe five minutes before half time ultimately handed Rangers victory. In attempting to shepherd the ball out of play, the Southampton goalkeeper was robbed by Ray Jones, who had the simple task of putting the ball into an empty net.
Ten-man West Bromwich Albion moved into the play-off positions with a 4-2 win over Leeds, in the battle of two managerless teams at The Hawthorns.
A man light following Paul McShane's dismissal for a professional foul on David Healy, they also had to face a penalty, but were let off the hook by Healy's miss.
From then on, Albion took control as Martin Albrechtsen headed the hosts in front in the 40th minute, and half time substitute Diomansy Kamara doubled his side's lead after deflecting in Darren Carter's shot.
Kevin Phillips appeared to put the seal on the win 11 minutes from time following a superb run from Kamara. But the hosts were made to sweat following a strike from Geoff Horsfield against his former club, and an 88th minute effort from Steve Stone, until Kamara handed victory to caretaker boss Nigel Pearson.
Birmingham lost ground on leaders Cardiff after conceding a late equaliser to Leicester in a 1-1 draw at St Andrews. Gary McSheffrey scored his third goal in three games to seemingly put Steve Bruce's side on course for victory, but Elvis Hammond's 88th minute strike gained some welcome respite for the visitors.
An 82nd minute goal from Cherno Samba saw Plymouth end Coventry's unbeaten home record this season with a 1-0 victory, and The Pilgrims are now up to seventh.
A last-gasp strike from Michael Turner prevented Crystal Palace manager Peter Taylor from celebrating a win at former club Hull.
Leon Cort gave The Eagles a 57th minute lead with a shot from the edge of the box, but late drama from Turner saw the game end all-square - with the point being enough to lift The Tigers off the bottom.
They are replaced at the foot by Sheffield Wednesday, who were edged out 1-0 at Sunderland - Grant Leadbitter's 58th minute strike proving decisive for Roy Keane's side at The Stadium of Light.
Billy Davies celebrated a first home win in charge as manager of Derby with a 3-0 victory over Southend, as Arturo Lupoli scored twice.
Lupoli squeezed home his first goal five minutes before half time after getting the better of Darryl Flahavan, before Michael Johnson's downward header three minutes after the change around effectively settled the game.
Lupoli made sure of the win just after the hour after driving home right footed from the edge of the area.
Ahmet Brkovic struck four minutes into time added on at Barnsley to give Luton a 2-1 win at Oakwell, after Carlos Edwards (47) and Brian Howard (48) exchanged quickfire strikes.
Elsewhere, Ricardo Fuller scored against former club Preston, but it was not enough to hand Stoke a three-point haul, as Patrick Agyemang's run and shot ensured Paul Simpson's side left The Britannia Stadium with a 1-1 draw and a share of the spoils.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Barnsley 1-2 Luton
Birmingham 1-1 Leicester
Cardiff 4-0 Wolves
Coventry 0-1 Plymouth
Derby 3-0 Southend
Hull 1-1 Crystal Palace
Southampton 1-2 Queens Park Rangers
Stoke 1-1 Preston
Sunderland 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
West Brom 4-2 Leeds