We can beat drop says Pars boss
PARS gaffer Jim McIntyre insists his squad have the fighting spirit to keep on Hibs' coat-tails as the season enters its nail-biting final phase.
The two teams have become isolated at the bottom of the Premier League and are involved in a straight shootout to see who faces the dreaded drop at the end of the season.
This weekend the Pars face St Johnstone in Perth where they earned a gutsy 1-0 victory with 10 men back in August as they secured their first SPL win.
However, the last time the two sides met on Boxing Day, the Pars lost tamely as they were thumped 3-0 at East End Park.
McIntyre believes his team have the ability to return to winning ways and rediscover the form that saw them shock Saints the last time they met at McDiarmid Park.
He said, "We showed great commitment and tenacity that day after getting reduced to 10 men.
"The spirit is fantastic here and that is there for all to see. People just need to see the way the team is starting games and fighting for each other, which is very important when you're in our situation.
"It's been a long time since we've played them so we're looking forward to the game.
"It's very important we remain in the mix with Hibs and we certainly are that."
McIntyre insisted it's vital to pick up any points they can at this stage of the season, such as against Inverness last weekend, even if that means the home hoodoo continues to haunt the team.
"Any point in a Premier League game is a good point. Performance levels-wise I have been pleased with the players and their commitment is excellent.
"The good thing is we are creating chances but equally we know at this stage of the season we need to be burying them."
Jordan McMillan rolled his ankle against Inverness, though managed to complete the full game, and is being assessed ahead of Saturday's clash.
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Feb 27, 12:01