Manager Jim McIntyre proud of Dunfermline resolve

Liam Buchanan scores
Buchanan scored from the penalty spot after 86 minutes

Jim McIntyre expressed pride in his players as Dunfermline Athletic came from a goal behind to draw away to bottom side Inverness Caley Thistle.

Liam Buchanan's late penalty salvaged a point that prevented the hosts leapfrogging the Pars.

"I was really proud of them," the Pars manager told BBC Scotland after the 1-1 draw at Caledonian Stadium.

"Because, when you are on a run like we've been on, it would be easy to feel sorry for ourselves."

Dunfermline had only taken one point from their previous six matches.

"It was so important that we come up here and got a result to stop the recent run of results," said McIntyre.

"Of course we were relieved, but we deserved more out of the game.

"We created great opportunities in the first half and should have put three goals away.

"But we never, Inverness scored a good goal themselves, which was disappointing from our point of view obviously.

"We found ourselves 1-0 down, but the response from the players was magnificent.

"I was really proud of them, because when you are on a run like we've been on, it would be easy to feel sorry for ourselves."

McIntyre admits that his side, who are in their first season back in the top flight, are having to scrap for points but is not letting it diminish his enthusiasm.

"It is very difficult," he said. "We're only a quarter of the way in and there's a long, long way to go.

"If you don't enjoy it, you shouldn't be in the game.

"I know I've got an honest bunch and they'll will give me all they've got.

"At times we do make mistakes and we've been punished, but we're learning about this league all the time."

Paul Burns went so close to giving Dunfermline the lead before Gregory Tade opened the scoring for Caley Thistle before half-time.

"He's just spun on the edge of the box and wrapped his foot round it and you could see it was bending all the way," added McIntyre.

"We all thought it had hit the post and gone in, but the way our luck has been going it has run along the line then out."