Bristol City manager Derek McInnes steps up search for another defender
BRISTOL City boss Derek McInnes will today redouble his efforts to sign a central defender on loan after seeing his team lose 5-3 to new Championship leaders Blackburn Rovers.
McInnes spent the summer scouring the transfer market for a commanding right-sided centre-half without success, missing out on a number of targets before the August 31 deadline.
Now that the window for loan signings has re-opened, the Scot is more determined than ever to bolster a defence that was cruelly exposed at the weekend.
City's back four had no answer to the power and pace of £8 million Blackburnforward Jordan Rhodes and the guile of veteran Portuguese star Nuno Gomes – and McInnes afterwards blamed poor defending for his team's first home defeat of the Championship campaign.
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He said: "It is very rare that it happens, but we have to be disappointed at the manner in which we conceded the goals.
"Blackburn have spent a lot of money to assemble a squad, they have quality and can punish you if you give them half a chance. But, at the same time, I think each one of the goals we lost was avoidable.
"We have to take a hard look at our defending. It should not take having to score six goals to win a game of football at home."
City twice came from behind in the second half and, at 3-3 with seven minutes remaining, should have been good enough to hold on for a point. But they threw caution to the wind in search of a dramatic late winner and paid the price when Scott Dann and Rhodes netted in the third and sixth minutes of time added on respectively.
McInnes said: "The game was there for the taking at 3-3 with six minutes left and quite a bit of added time and we have tried to ask questions of them. But we have also conceded a couple of soft goals and that is disappointing.
"No matter what league you are playing in and which players you are playing against, you cannot defend that badly and expect to come away with something."
McInnes refused to single out individuals for criticism and said: "You win as a team and you lose as a team and it is not them and us."
But he admitted: "I do think there was a lot of poor decision-making.
"It is no secret we're looking to bring someone in to fill what is a key position and that we are trying to assemble a squad that will help us to move forward and up the league. I thought this game showed we are still some way short of being a team that can comfortably do that."
Albert Adomah, Stephen Pearson and substitute Sam Baldock were on target for City, who have now scored 11 goals in three Championship games at Ashton Gate this term.
McInnes said: "There is so much to be pleased about and so much that is positive about the way we scored goals to get ourselves back into the game.
"Having watched Blackburn, we felt we could score against them and the team put in a great effort.
"From that point of view, I thought our performance merited us getting something out of the game, but our defending never allowed us to do that and it was a poor day for us."
Right-back Mark Wilson missed Saturday's game owing to a strained hamstring and is rated doubtful for tomorrow's fixture at bottom-of-the-table Peterborough.
Richard Foster deputised against Blackburn and will again stand in if Wilson fails to recover in time.