PETER GRANT insists that he will "100 per cent not be quitting" despite watching his Pars side fail to win a Championship match at the eighth time of asking.

Lee Connelly's 85th minute strike won all three points for Queen of the South at Palmerston yesterday, a result that leaves Dunfermline rock bottom with just four points, and as many adrift of eighth-placed Hamilton Academical.

The defeat prompted a furious reaction from some of the travelling support towards their under-pressure manager, who admitted that he realises the consequences a string of poor results can bring.

Athletic don't return to action until October 16, with the visit of Kilmarnock, due to the international break and Grant, who described the first half yesterday as "poor a game as I've ever been involved in", said it would be for others to decide whether he will still be in charge.

Speaking to the media post-match, he said of the supporters reaction: "You expect that if you don't win games of football, so I've no problem with that. I've told you that from day one, and I know you're trying to make something from it, but I've told you that from day one. Every time you don't win a game of football that's the case.

"I'm more disappointed with the performance than anything else. My job is to win games of football, and if you don't win games of football, you know the consequences. But it's not been down to a lack of effort and commitment to try and do the right things.

"I must admit it was very difficult to watch a team representing me today, never mind the club, playing the way we did in the first half especially."

When asked if he would be given the opportunity to turn things around, Grant replied: "You're asking the wrong person.

"Put it this way, I can tell you 100 per cent I won't be quitting, because I do my job 100 per cent.

"I know what my job is and I know what's expected in my job, and I'll work 100 per cent every day. It'll not be for me; that'll be someone else's decision.

"If that's as may be, I've had nothing but support here from Thomas (Meggle) and Ross (McArthur) - they've been fantastic support. But I would understand 100 per cent if I'm not the manager. No problem.

"The one thing I can say is I've given everything to try and do it right.

"I'm so gutted and disappointed with the performance today. That's the biggest bugbear for me but I know the consequences of football matches and not winning them, and the run we're on.

"People can say misfortune throughout it; there have been different things that's happened, which we can't speak too much about, but there's been different things that's happened, and I know that.

"But, at the end of the day, I know with the group and the work the staff's put in, that's why you end up with Thomas in this situation because they know what we've put in.

"But I know the bottom line is you've got to get results on a Saturday and, unfortunately, that's not the case. I know the consequences when that's not the case."

Dunfermline Press:

It's deflation for the Pars as Lee Connelly scores Queen of the South's late winner.

Grant, who confirmed Graham Dorrans was missing from his team due to an injury sustained at Raith Rovers on Wednesday, said of the game itself: "It was a really poor first half; I wouldn't have liked to had paid any money to watch it, so I know difficult it must be for people to watch it.

"But, in saying that, I thought we were a bit better. We changed it a little bit and we were a bit better. That's all I would say.

"It had 0-0 written all over it, and probably that's what we deserved, but if you don't do your job...and we didn't do the job. We weren't switched on at the free-kick; we were shouting from the side, letting people go and then you give a corner away.

"Then, from the corner, you try to play your way out from danger, and there's times you've got to put it in row Z or clear it up the pitch, and we've got two people standing up the pitch. That's decision making.

"But, as I say, it was a really poor game and a really poor day all round."