Bristol City boss McInnes lodges bids for new players
Frustrated by his team's continuing failure to keep a clean sheet, Bristol City manager Derek McInnes says he is trying to resolve defensive weaknesses in the transfer market this month.
Clearly upset by the manner in which the Robins exited the FA Cup third round, beaten 2-0 by Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, the Scot revealed he has been busy on the phone in a bid to bolster his squad.
In the market for both permanent and loan signings, he said: "Two or three offers have gone in for players and we will see what comes of that.
"It would be wrong of me to say who they are at this minute in time, because we are waiting for responses. But we are actively working to bring players to the club.
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"We have identified a few players to move on and, hopefully, that will create the room to bring a few in.
"We are actively trying to bring players in who can help the situation and enable us to approach the second half of the campaign with more confidence and get the job done."
Goals from Danny Murphy and Grant Hanley in either half put paid to City's quest to progress beyond the third round for the first time since 2007.
Referring to Blackburn's second goal, the product of a set-piece routine, he said: "I think I have two or three in there who are really dependable and who I trust to go and win set-plays, but there are one or two who should do better, without question.
"They have switched off and not done their job until the ball was safe. There was a lack of responsibility to do the job.
"You have to stick to your man and take responsibility until the ball is either in the goalkeeper's hands or you have good possession further up the pitch. They have a job to do and have to see it through – just because the first ball has been dealt with, does not mean you are not vulnerable to the second one."
McInnes felt the first goal was pivotal and admitted keeper Tom Heaton should have done better in dealing with Danny Murphy's shot.
He said: "I think we should have dealt with the shot from Murphy. That gave Blackburn the initiative.
"We have not been punished by any really slick play from Blackburn, but by errors from a lack of concentration. We recognise that the goals have been gifted."
Without the pace and guile of Sam Baldock and Albert Adomah, the Robins seldom threatened to score a goal and McInnes conceded: "We lacked devilment at the top end of the pitch and pace and tempo throughout.
"We have gone 1-0 down without having done a lot wrong, but we needed to do a bit more to create chances and score a goal.
"The game was played in far too nice a manner for me and I felt we needed a bit more bite and tempo to our play."