Bristol City boss McInnes explains tactics at Ipswich
Bristol City manager Derek McInnes watched his team claim a precious Championship point on the road at Ipswich and then explained the thinking behind an improved performance.
McInnes made four changes to his starting line-up and adopted a 5-4-1 system for the first time since taking over as manager in October last year.
And it proved a successful ploy as City had the better of the game in East Anglia.
"I've toyed with the idea of playing a back three for some time now. But I decided to do it in this game to nullify Ipswich.
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"They are a team that like to turn you, get in behind and ask questions of you and I felt they could cause us problems out wide.
"We filled channels where they wanted to operate, we gave ourselves an extra header of the ball when crosses came in and we dealt with them trying to get in behind.
"We encouraged the full-backs, Greg Cunningham and Richard Foster, to get forward and they gave us good pace and energy.
"Then we had two wide players in Albert Adomah and Paul Anderson, who never stopped working and supported Jon Stead through the middle. They took on their roles and the responsibility and did everything that we asked of them. We should be encouraged by that."
Ipswich struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities from open play and equalised from a set-piece, Tommy Smith seizing upon Luke Chambers' knock-down to poach his first goal of the season.
But McInnes felt his team was unfortunate to concede. He argued: "I have been our biggest critic over conceding goals from set plays, but I felt we were a bit unlucky with their goal. The ball has got a ricochet and the lad has done ever so well to hook it in.
"Otherwise, I felt we dealt very well with set plays against a team that has been in top form at home."
City created the better chances and goal-scorer Neil Danns should have had a second, while striker Jon Stead missed a great chance in a first-half dominated by the visitors.
"There has to be a degree of frustration about not taking the three points, because I felt we were the better team throughout the 90 minutes," declared McInnes.
"We had more of a cutting edge than Ipswich, especially in the first half when we played some terrific stuff. We were aggressive, hard-working getting to the ball, good in possession and some of our play was fantastic.
"They've put in some good blocks, we've had a couple of penalty claims turned down and could have been a bit more clinical."