Martin Hardie goal silences Pars manager Jim McIntyre

Martin Hardie and Dunfermline celebrate
Hardie (centre) scored in stoppage time for Dunfermline against Caley Thistle

Martin Hardie made Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre eat his words with his last-gasp equaliser against Inverness.

"It was a fabulous free-kick," said McIntyre after the 3-3 draw. " We were all saying on the bench that he is too far out and it was taking on too much.

"But the big man rammed those words right down my throat with a spectacular finish in the top corner.

"He's got that in the locker and did that a few times last season for us - tremendous skill."

Dunfermline had dominated a first half that they ended ahead through Andy Kirk's opener.

Kirk struck again after Greg Tansey's deflected equaliser just after the break.

But goals from Jonny Hayes and Tansey looked to have stolen the game for Caley Thistle before Hardie's late equaliser.

"It is mixed emotions," admitted McIntyre, whose side are still waiting for their first Scottish Premier League win this season.

"First of all, I was really pleased with the way we played first half.

"I thought we were exceptional, moved the ball about well and showed we are a good side.

"One thing we did exceptionally well was the way we passed the ball and moved it and created numerous chances.

"Unfortunately, we only had the one goal to show for them in the first half.

"I like to play attacking football. It will not always be like that. It will depend on the game and who is available to you."

Dunfermline had begun the season with a fortunate draw at home to St Mirren.

"A much-improved performance," was McIntyre's conclusion. "Which is what we were looking for.

"We've got to settle in and find our feet, but you've got to do it quickly."

McIntyre has previously said that he was unlikely to be adding to his summer signings.

"Your always looking to add to your squad, but our budget's used up at the moment, although you never say never," he added.

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