Pars boss Jim McIntyre pinpoints Paul Gallacher save

Paul Burns celebrates
Burns (left) scored the only goal of the game at Tannadice

Jim McIntyre thinks a great save from goalkeeper Paul Gallacher proved crucial in Dunfermline Athletic's 1-0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice.

Gallacher turned a Scott Robertson drive on to a post in the first half before Paul Burns' late winner.

"I think there was a crucial moment early on with Paul Gallacher's save, which was a top-drawer save - came through a lot of bodies.

"That can sometimes change the face of a game," said Pars manager McIntyre.

United squandered a number of chances before the Pars scored with their first shot on target after 85 minutes.

"We were set up in a defensive manner today to hit on the counter and our goal was like that," admitted McIntyre.

"It was a good, well-worked goal. Cardle gets down the side and a good ball back and wee Burnsie is there to put it away.

"We started not bad, but I just wanted us to pass the ball a bit more than and we did that for a 15-minute spell and we got in behind them a couple of times.

"We just never made enough of our final ball.

"But United are a top side and have been in the top six the last few seasons and won the cup, so this is a fabulous result for us."

The Pars are now unbeaten in their four games since winning promotion to return to the Scottish Premier League, but McIntyre was not getting carried away.

"We'll keep our feet on the ground," said the Pars boss. "But each game we have improved.

"As long as they keep working as hard as they are working, there will be rewards for them.

"They are all in it together and they are grafting their backsides off, which is really important.

"The spine of our team is predominantly made up of guys who have been there and done it and the rest of them are itching to show what they can do at this level.

"So you hope they take the chance to show what good players they are, but it's early days."