Jim McIntyre hails Dunfermline's resilience

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Dunfermline were 2-0 behind before fighting back to draw

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre hailed his players for bouncing back from two straight defeats and then a two-goal deficit against Hibernian.

"The way they came back after losing the last two games, is very pleasing," he told BBC Scotland after the 2-2 draw at East End Park.

"I think any time you are 2-0 down with 25 to go then you would gladly take a point.

"But, on the balance of play, I thought we deserved more."

Goals from Ivan Sproule and Garry O'Connor put Hibs seemingly in control until Ryan Thomson and a Paul Hanlon own goal saved the Pars a point.

"I was really pleased with the response after losing the second goal," said McIntyre. "It is another deflection.

"We seem to be getting punished with a lot of deflections this season so far.

"I felt the first half we bossed it, especially the first half-hour and should have been a couple of goals up if we had our finishing touch on."

McIntyre picked out forward David Graham for special praise.

"The space he was finding, he was in that pocket where defenders don't like to go and he was causing Hibs all kinds of problems," said the Pars boss.

"It is one of the things I have said to the players that they need to believe that they can play at this level, because they have proved it with their performances.

"What we need to do is make sure we are not gifting teams goals and be clinical at the other end.

"But there's not a fault in my team today and I thought they played exceptionally well."

The match attracted just over 4,000 fans as Dunfermline continue their first season back in Scotland's top flight.

Asked if he was disappointed with the size of the attendance, McIntyre said: "I would be telling lies if I said no to that question, of course I am.

"But we understand how hard the financial climate is just now."

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