Bristol City manager Lee Johnson will step up his search for loan signings this week after watching his side slip to a 2-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday according to Bristol Live.

The Robins struggled to break down Boro’s resistance despite having the lion’s share of possession and creating plenty of chances at Ashton Gate.

The defeat for Bristol City means that The Robins have collected just two points from their opening three fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship this season. After the match against Boro, manager Johnson admitted that it was time to take a serious look at making some loan additions to his squad.

“I think we need to go into the market, I really do” Johnson told Bristol Live.

“Steve Lansdown has always been dead supportive.

“I always prefer a loan with a view to a permanent where possible because it means that someone is committing to the area.

“If we have to make it short term and patch it up then we’ll do that and deal with that.”

Johnson could look to bolster his side’s attacking options after watching The Robins create 18 shots on goal against Boro without scoring. Six goals conceded in four games in league and cup could also force him into considering reinforcements at the other end of the pitch.

Bristol City travel to the Sky Bet Championship’s bottom club Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday in search of that first win before making the trip to The Liberty Stadium on Saturday to take on Swansea City.

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