McInnes rules out striker exit

Robins boss wants to keep 'unlucky' Pitman

Brett Pitman: Derek McInnes has ruled out striker leaving in the New Year

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Bristol City manager Derek McInnes has insisted Brett Pitman will not be leaving the Ashton Gate club in January.

It had been thought the 23-year-old could return to Bournemouth in the New Year after slipping down McInnes' pecking order.

McInnes has adopted a 4-5-1 formation in order to guide the Robins away from the drop zone, leaving Nicky Maynard as the lone striker.

Despite the rumours linking Pitman with the exit, McInnes is not looking to part company with the former Cherries marksman.

"Brett is going nowhere," said McInnes. "Personally I like to play 4-4-2 and field two strikers and I'm working towards a point where I can do that.

"Brett knows that and his chance will come. If there is one player who has been unlucky not to make the starting XI, then it is Brett Pitman.

"He has told me he understands the situation and that he is prepared to keep working hard in training and wait for his chance."