Nick Montgomery is confident the goals will start flowing for Dylan Vente after a frustrating period for the Hibs striker.

His penalty in Saturday's 2-1 win over Dundee at Easter Road was the first time the Dutchman had found the net since scoring against Aberdeen on December 3. After spending consecutive matches as an unused substitute on the Hibs bench, Vente was restored as a central striker for his side's first Premiership victory of 2024.

With injuries limiting Montgomery's striking options for much of the first half of the campaign, he deployed Vente as a supporting striker with Martin Boyle playing higher up, and the withdrawn role limited the 24-year-old's chances in front of goal. But he looked more like himself at the weekend, and was denied a well-taken second only by the tightest of offside calls in the second-half.

Montgomery praised Vente for continuing to be a willing worker wherever he was asked to play, and acknowledged the last few months will have been a frustrating time for the former Roda forward. The manager believes a period on the sidelines was necessary for Vente to reset, and insists 'the goals will come' if he continues to apply himself.

“Dylan works super hard for the team," said Montgomery. "He’s probably frustrated he hasn’t scored more goals. He’s had a lot of opportunities in the last 10-15 games where he’s probably disappointed he hasn’t scored.

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“I thought he needed a little bit of time out of the team, but he came back in on Saturday and looked hungry. He scored his penalty, had two chances, and an offside goal that was unfortunately ruled out because he deserved it.

“Dylan’s a good lad, and if he keeps working then the goals will come. I’m really happy for him to score.”