Dunfermline remain at the bottom of the Championship after a 0-0 home draw with league leaders Inverness Caley Thistle  – and Pars manager Peter Grant admits he’s been “feeling the pressure” at East End Park after their poor start to the season.

The Fifers have only picked up two points in the league under Grant this season following his move from Alloa Athletic and the former Scotland coach has come in for criticism as his talented side have badly underperformed so far.

After speaking openly during the week about his side’s problems, Grant knows there is a “hell of a lot of work to do” if Dunfermline are to match last season and reach the playoffs at the end of the campaign.

“It has been a difficult four or five weeks — I am not one of those guys who kid you on and say that I have not been feeling the pressure,” Grant said. “Of course you do.

“If I was younger, I would probably have dealt with things differently, thinking maybe you are not good at the job – but I know that the work that we are putting in is the correct work.

“Ross [McArthur] and Thomas [Meggle] see the work and they know the difficulties we have had.

“But I think I have good enough players — no matter what team I have — to put on a performance. We have not done that often enough.

“The criticism that goes with that I deserve. I have no problem with that.

“Hopefully we are going in the right direction but we know that we have a hell of a lot of work to do,” added Grant. “That is a fact. We have to get better at a lot of things.”

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