Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre rues poor home run

Jim McIntyre
McIntyre's side have yet to win a game at home all season

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre believes his side will find some home form, despite losing 3-0 against Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.

Goals from Anthony Stokes, Victor Wanyama and Charlie Mulgrew swept the Pars aside, but McIntyre hopes things will improve soon.

"There's still a lot to come from the team," said McIntyre. "We just need to get that win and kickstart things."

"The work is ongoing - we've got targets - but it's not easy."

Stokes fired in from 18 yards to open the scoring for Celtic before Wanyama volleyed in a Mulgrew free-kick at the back post.

Mulgrew then turned scorer in the second half with a curling free-kick that evaded Pars keeper Chris Smith and McIntyre admitted that the Glasgow giants can often provide insurmountable opposition.

"I think anything you get against the Old Firm is a bonus," said the Pars manager. "It's very difficult to compete with a team like that, but that doesn't mean to say you don't have aspirations to win the game.

"We do - but we've got to defend set-pieces better than what we did today.

"Our goalkeeper didn't have a save to make in the first half, but the set-pieces has been our undoing."

McIntyre also said that the next few matches will be crucial for Dunfermline - who have not won a home match all season - with a Scottish Cup trip to Inverness next up, along with an away league encounter with Aberdeen and a visit of Kilmarnock.

"January is a huge month for us," said McIntyre.

"We've got games against all of the teams about us, including one very important one in the cup, which is revenue for the club.

"We know how difficult it is to go up there, followed by the Hibs game - these are games we must be winning if we want to have aspirations of remaining where we are."

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