Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN MCLOUGH­LIN

NEW Wolves man­ager Terry Con­nor has warned his play­ers he is not afraid to get ruth­less – af­ter drop­ping skip­per Roger John­son.

John­son was forced to set­tle for a place on the bench for Con­nor’s first game as boss in Satur­day’s 2-2 draw at New­cas­tle.

The new gaffer’s bold move was re­warded as Wan­der­ers stretched their un­beaten away run to six games and climbed out of the bot­tom three by a point.

It was the first time the £4.5mil­lion sum­mer sign­ing had not fea­tured in a Premier League match since earn­ing pro­mo­tion to the top tier with Birm­ing­ham three years ago.

“I have told the lads that I will treat ev­ery game on its own mer­its,” said Con­nor, who in­stead handed the cap­tain’s arm­band to Stephen Ward.

“We’ve done one now and we move on to Ful­ham. We’ll look at Ful­ham and make plans for that game.

“And I will pick what I think is the best team for that game re­gard­less of cap­taincy, what any­one cost or a player’s rep­u­ta­tion.

“When you lose a game 5-1 at home, like we did against West Brom, you’re not go­ing to send out the same team and the same subs.

“We had a look at the team and we an­a­lysed it.

“I went with my gut feel­ing for the play­ers I felt would do a job for us.”

Con­nor (right) – pre­vi­ously No.2 to Mick Mccarthy – has been handed the job of suc­ceed­ing the for­mer Ire­land boss un­til the end of the sea­son af­ter a string of other man­agers turned down the role.

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