MATTY TODD insists that he can still add more goals to his game despite increasing his tally for the season at the weekend.

The Pars midfield star is enjoying his best scoring return, netting his seventh of the campaign with a stunning curler during the 4-0 win over Peterhead.

The 21-year-old, however, felt he should have had at least a brace during that game, after sending a second-half effort agonisingly wide of the target, and said: “I just rolled it past the post; it is one that I should have scored.

“I can’t even lie, I should have scored it. It is something I need to learn, and keep doing what I’m doing, and my goals will come, and my assists.

“That is good (his goals return this season) but it is something that the coaching staff said when they first came in, that they wanted me to add goals to my game. I feel like I’ve done that at the moment but there are still more chances that I have to take, especially that one in the second half.

“I should score that, so it should be another one. It is something that I want to keep on adding, goals and assists.”

Todd is no stranger to scoring in spectacular fashion, with a terrific lob in a 3-0 win at Alloa Athletic, and an incredible strike from just inside the opposition half in a victory at Clyde, among his best efforts so far this season.

His effort against the Blue Toon came after Josh Edwards cushioned Kyle MacDonald’s pass into his path at the edge of the area, and the former Dunfermline High School pupil continued: “The coaching staff are always on at me to hit shots from range and it was actually the last thing Dave (Mackay, assistant manager) said to me before I walked out onto the pitch; ‘If you get a chance, have a shot, either foot, because you are a good shooter’.

“I didn’t actually think it was going in. There was just a wee bit of dip at the last minute and it’s flown in so I’m happy with it.

“It was a good performance all round I think. First half, we started well, we got on the front foot, and couldn’t say they really had a chance after that. I thought we dominated all over the pitch.”

Todd was one of several fine performers in a Pars shirt, which included Chris Mochrie, who contributed with two assists, and Todd added: “We’ve got combinations that we work on throughout the week in training and we just hope that we can carry that on into the game on the Saturday.”

Meanwhile, assistant boss, Dave Mackay, said that the team will go into today's Scottish Cup tie at Partick Thistle with confidence, but believes they can still improve.

"It’s great when you’re on these unbeaten runs but certainly performances, I think, are getting better as the season goes on," he said.

"The players are getting a little bit more confident and a little bit more trusting in what we’re asking them to do, and you can see that coming off in the games.

"We can still improve, there’s definitely areas where we can still get better, but I think there’s been a progression over the season. Earlier in the season, we were getting results without really playing well, but now we’re starting to see some much better performances to go along with that

"I’ve said that in the last couple of weeks with Dundee and Partick coming up. It is a good chance for us to test ourselves, although one-off games can sometimes be a little bit misleading.

"It can give you a good guide to where we really are and how much work we’ve got to do. We believe we’ve got a squad that’s capable of playing in the Championship and now we have to prove that by getting there through league performances.

"At the moment, we’re only focused on Partick at the weekend and putting everything we’ve got into that and being fully prepared. With the Dundee game being off we’ve had a week to prepare for Partick now, so we’re going into that one ready and confident we can pull off a little upset."