PETER GRANT is confident that his team’s fortunes in front of goal will change as his forwards are finding ample opportunities.

Saturday’s stalemate with Hamilton Academical, ahead of the rearranged Fife derby at Raith Rovers on Wednesday, which ended 1-1, was the fourth home league game this season in which they have failed to find the net.

Craig Wighton almost had the home faithful on their feet and celebrating for the first time in Championship action when he hit the post, having come close to a late winner in their previous match, another scoreless draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Pars head for Queen of the South this afternoon in their final game before the international break, with Kilmarnock at East End looming on October 16, and Grant says he would be more concerned if his players weren’t in the positions to miss chances.

“I think you see the amount of chances we’ve had in those games,” he said.

“We’ve had enough to win eight games; it’s not just been one chance in each game. Even at the weekend, we had three or four fantastic opportunities and we’ve made the wrong choice in the final third, or missed one, or the keeper’s made an outstanding save.

“I’d never be critical of strikers that keep getting in there because it’s most important they keep getting in there. They’re there to put the ball in the back of the net, that’s their job, but as long as they keep getting in there, I’m sure the chances will come and they’ll get the goals their work ethic deserves.

“What we have to do is cut out the individual errors, which we have done in the last couple of weeks, but I think we’ve played better in other games, even though we’ve created chances in every single game we’ve played. We’ve missed them and then we’ve shot ourselves in the foot with horrendous mistakes.

“We’ve managed to cut them out in the last couple of weeks but, as I say, I think we’ve played better in other games. That probably sums up the fine line that you have; Craig hits the post on Saturday against Hamilton, it comes back to Kai (Kennedy), who has the shot blocked on the line.

“They’re the moments you hope are going to fall for you and go in the back of the net, and those moments can turn it into a victory because it makes it a little bit easier, with the quality of player you have, to try and dominate the ball and the game then.”

Grant knows that three points going into the international break would provide a massive boost for his side but expects a tough afternoon against former Athletic boss, Allan Johnston, and his Doonhamers team.

“I watched their game from the weekend against Inverness and they did very well,” he added.

“They got themselves into the game and you felt at that particular time that Queens could have gone on to win the game. I think that sums up the division so far – everyone’s capable of beating each other.”