Bristol City boss Derek McInnes won't rush to make loan signings
BRISTOL City boss Derek McInnes insists he will not be panicked into making signings for the sake of it.
Yet to keep a clean sheet this season, City's quest to establish themselves in the top half of the npower Championship is being undermined by defensive failings.
An inability to keep the ball out of their own penalty area saw the Robins slip to a 3-2 home defeat to Leeds United at the weekend, while a further two points were dropped when Millwall came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
Injuries are hindering the manager's attempts to stop the rot and he has lost the services of three different left-backs in the past fortnight.
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Greg Cunningham is out until the end of November, Joe Bryan is unable to play at Leicester this weekend after being concussed against Leeds and loan signing George Elokobi has returned to Wolves, his season ended by a broken ankle.
Under pressure to plug the gaps and render his team more difficult to score against, McInnes is scouring the loan market for a left-back and a right-sided centre-half. But he is refusing to be held to ransom by rival clubs and is expected to go with the players already at his disposal for Saturday's clash with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
McInnes, pictured, said: "I don't envisage anything happening prior to the international break. You cannot always get what you want.
"What I will not do is get railroaded into paying over the odds for someone and making the wrong decisions.
"I won't spend the club's money and the owner's money out of sheer desperation. I feel as though we can still get more out of those who are here and we will continue to work with the boys."
In the meantime, McInnes will work hard to bolster his squad before City return to action after the international break against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, October 20.
He added: "If the right one becomes available, who we feel can help the situation, then we will look at that. Hopefully, we can resolve that situation during the two-week break."
City have shipped 17 goals in nine Championship games and McInnes admits loss of confidence among his defenders is a concern.
He said: "Footballers are paid to be confident, to be professional, to play the way they train and go out there and have a real belief.
"We have to make sure we continue to try to believe in ourselves.
"For a lot of the (Millwall) game, they played well and they have to keep that confidence about them."
With few options available to him, McInnes may be forced to field an unchanged back four of Mark Wilson, Lewin Nyatanga, Liam Fontaine and Richard Foster at the weekend.
He added: "We're a wee bit out of balance, playing two left-sided centre-backs and a right-footed left-back but, in the main, I thought we defended well in terms of the straight-line stuff and covered round each other.
"Our problems come when we give the opposition opportunities to get the ball in from wide areas. We have to be better at preventing that."