Bristol City manager Keith Millen concerned by defence

Keith Millen
Millen's side finished 15th in the Championship last season

Bristol City manager Keith Millen says he is "concerned" by the lack of defensive options within his squad.

Millen was unable to re-sign loanees Jordan Spence and Steven Caulker for next term and his side have won just one of their three pre-season games.

"We've lost two key defenders from last season and we've not replaced them yet," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"And to conceed six goals in three games is not what we want so we are concerned about that."

He continued: "We are short on competition in the back four and that's something which has been ongoing this summer.

"It certainly doesn't help when you are mixing and matching the team but that's still no excuse."

Millen has struggled to bring in his defensive targets during the closed season, but is confident he will be able make the breakthrough by targetting top-flight players on short-term deals.

"We are constantly looking and watching games, we have got a list of players that we would like to bring in," he added.

"But we've lost out on a few players - Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley,external-linkSteven Caldwell.

"All you need is one positive phone call and we might have one in this week.

"We have got some options on some Premier League players that we are looking to loan, but at the moment they won't commit to anything.

"We're just trying to be patient, and if we get one or two in that will improve the squad."

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