Jim McIntyre unfazed by another home Dunfermline draw

Joe Cardle (left) gave Dunfermline the lead against Inverness
Joe Cardle (left) gave Dunfermline the lead against Inverness

Jim McIntyre is unwavering in his belief that Dunfermline Athletic can avoid relegation despite another home game without a win this season.

"The players have great belief that we'll stay up," the Pars manager told BBC Scotland after the 1-1 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

"We know we're in a dogfight and we'll continue to bite and scratch for everything.

"I think, on the balance of play, we deserved to win."

Inverness had the better of the play in the first half before Dunfermline took the lead through Joe Cardle on the stroke of half time.

But Dunfermline missed opportunities to extend their lead before Nick Ross equalised after 73 minutes.

"We never had that killer touch in front of goal," said McIntyre when assessing how his side had squandered another lead.

"But I thought the players were magnificent from start to finish.

"We got the goal at a great time just before half-time, but I thought the players created numerous opportunities and should have put the game to bed.

"But Inverness have got decent players and have scored a decent goal themselves."

The point leaves Dunfermline equal on points with second-bottom Hibernian, whose game in hand comes on Sunday at home to Celtic, but McIntyre took encouragement from the performance.

"We know it is our own shortcomings why we've not won today," he said.

"But I would be more worried if we weren't creating chances and I would be more worred if there wasn't a spirit and tenacity that's there for all to see.

"There's no doubt in my mind that some of the performances of late have been far, far better, albeit the results haven't quite matched that.

"But that's an encouraging sign for us and we'll take the point today and look to build on it."

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