KYLE TURNER admits that Saturday's reverse to Dundee United was a reality check for the Pars but is determined they'll bounce back tomorrow.

The midfielder, who replaced Josh Coley at half-time, couldn't help turn his side's fortunes around as Lawrence Shankland's first half double gave the pre-season title favourites victory.

The margin of victory could have been greater for Robbie Neilson's men had Ryan Scully not saved a Shankland penalty, and Peter Pawlett failing to hit the target with the goal at his mercy, and Turner reckons Athletic didn't do themselves justice on the day.

"After the three performances before that, it was disappointing," he reflected this week.

"We weren't at it - we knew that after the game. Dundee United deserved to win.

"We weren't pressing as high as what we had been. Obviously Celtic's a completely different game, going there to try and frustrate, but against Dundee and Queen of the South, in the two games before that, there was the high pressing, getting in their face and knowing that they're in a game.

"I don't feel like we did that enough.

"I think they'll (United) be up there. They've got good players; Shankland up front will score you goals, and they've got good players out wide like (Paul) McMullan and stuff.

"It's a reality check for us to show we need to be at that level to compete every week, and have a chance of going and competing round about the top."

When asked if the exertions of Dunfermline's Betfred Cup tie at Celtic Park, in which they took the Premiership champions to extra time, had had an affect, Turner continued: "You get a full week after that to prepare.

"Celtic's a completely different game; you're going there, sitting in, hopefully riding your luck, but when you come here to East End Park, you need to take the game to Dundee United, and we never did that.

"Obviously we wanted to win at Celtic but we knew they were going to put us under a lot of pressure.

But, against Dundee United, we were looking for a similar performance to Dundee at home, where they didn't expect us to come out with high pressing, but they played well on the day and they deserved to win."

Dunfermline head to League One champions Arbroath, under the guidance of ex-Pars boss Dick Campbell, tomorrow seeking a first Championship win of the season - and since a 1-0 success at Alloa in March.

Eleven league games have passed since then, and the 21-year-old is anticipating a tough task against a side he knows well from his time with Stranraer.

"It's a tough place to go, it always has been," he noted.

"It's always a good pitch but you just never know, with the weather conditions, what you're going to get going up there and it's always a battle.

"I've done pretty well up there the last few years - we put them out the Scottish Cup and stuff with Stranraer - so I know how hard it is going up there and we need to be ready for a battle.

"I know what Dick's like as well. He's been up there for a while now, and he sets his team up one way to play and they do it well. That's why they're in the Championship this year.

"They're a physical team but they can play, and have got some good players like Bobby Linn out wide, so it'll be tough.

"Hopefully we get the ball down, play and get the three points."