Two first-half goals ensured Hearts suffered their fourteenth defeat in the Scottish Premiership at home to Partick Thistle.

Lyle Taylor opened the scoring with a shot from the centre of the penalty area, Kallum Higginbotham providing.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair's header made it two for the Jags with five minutes of the first half remaining.

Thistle midfielder Stuart Bannigan was sent off for a second yellow card offence with nine minutes to play.

The win lifts Thistle back out of the Scottish Premiership relegation play-off place into 10th and compounds Hearts' woes 19 points adrift at the bottom.

The home side were first to threaten after seven minutes when Callum Paterson headed Kevin McHattie's corner straight at Scott Fox but the goalkeeper spilled the ball.

Ryan Stevenson tried to get on to the redound but Fox eventually gained possession.

Steven Lawless responded with an effort for the visitors although his first time left-footed volley from a Taylor-Sinclair cross was straight at Jamie MacDonald.

A free-kick 25 yards from goal then allowed Taylor-Sinclair to test MacDonald, who got across well to his low drive.

The away side stormed ahead after 14 minutes through Taylor. Gabriel Piccolo's long ball was flicked on by Kallum Higginbotham and Taylor held off the challenge of Dylan McGowan to blast a shot in off MacDonald from close range.

The home fans were growing restless as they watched their team struggle to conjure up any meaningful chances. Brad McKay rose highest in the box six minutes before the break but he headed McHattie's corner over.

Partick doubled their lead a minute later as Hearts' defensive frailties were again exposed. Higginbotham's corner was met by Taylor-Sinclair and he bulleted a header into the corner of the net.

Hearts tweaked their formation at the interval but Partick came at their hosts again immediately after the restart and MacDonald pulled off a smart save at his near post to deny Taylor from a tight angle.

Hearts defender McKay then powered a header over the bar after connecting with McHattie's inswinging free-kick.

The next chance fell the home side's way too but Callum Tapping's left-footed drive crashed off the bar after taking a slight deflection off Piccolo.

Both teams made changes as Jags attacker Higginbotham was replaced by Christie Elliott, while Hearts introduced Dale Carrick and Billy King for Paterson and David Smith.

Carrick linked with Jordan McGhee at the goal line to allow the latter to cross but Piccolo made a timely interception at the front post with Ryan Stevenson ready to pounce.

Partick played out the final minutes with 10 men, but with few alarms, after midfielder Bannigan collected a second yellow card within four minutes for a late tackle on McHattie.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 30 McGhee
  • 03 McHattie
  • 20 Tapping
  • 16 McKay
  • 05 McGowan
  • 17 Smith (King - 65' )
  • 08 Robinson
  • 12 Paterson (Carrick - 65' )
  • 07 Stevenson
  • 14 Walker (Nicholson - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Carrick
  • 19 King
  • 21 Hamilton
  • 26 King
  • 28 Nicholson

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 03 Taylor-Sinclair
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 13 Gabriel
  • 11 Lawless (Baird - 84' )
  • 08 Bannigan Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 21 Taylor (Doolan - 76' )
  • 07 Craigen
  • 23 Higginbotham (Elliott - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Doolan
  • 10 Forbes
  • 12 Gallacher
  • 14 Elliott
  • 16 McMillan
  • 17 Baird
  • 31 Wilson
Ref: Iain Brines
Att: 13,763

Match Stats

Shots

11 11

On target

3 5

Corners

6 6

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hearts 0, Partick Thistle 2.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hearts 0, Partick Thistle 2.

90:00 +2:14

Attempt missed. Jordan McGhee (Hearts) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:53

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

88:57

Attempt missed. Dale Carrick (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

86:48

Attempt missed. Brad McKay (Hearts) header from very close range misses to the right.

86:14

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

83:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. John Baird replaces Steven Lawless.

82:12

Attempt saved. Kevin McHattie (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:31 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

81:24

Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:24

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

80:08

Attempt saved. Billy King (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

78:16

Foul by Callum Tapping (Hearts).

78:16

Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:08 Booking

Booking Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

77:00

Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:00

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

75:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

74:28

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Hearts).

74:28

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Sam Nicholson replaces Jamie Walker.

73:15

Dale Carrick (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:15

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

70:08

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Gabriel Rojo de la Vega.

69:32

Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:32

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

68:30

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

68:30

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:47

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Scott Fox.

64:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Dale Carrick replaces Callum Paterson.

64:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Billy King replaces David Smith.

64:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

63:45

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle).

63:45

Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:00

Attempt blocked. Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:18

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:18

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

58:51

Callum Tapping (Hearts) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

50:25

Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

48:43

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

48:01

Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

48:01

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:06

Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:06

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

46:11

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:46

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Brad McKay.

45:23

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

45:00

Second Half begins Hearts 0, Partick Thistle 2.

45:00 +0:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hearts 0, Partick Thistle 2.

44:21

James Craigen (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:21

Foul by Callum Tapping (Hearts).

41:44

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

41:44

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, Partick Thistle 2. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham following a corner.

39:29

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Brad McKay.

38:43

Attempt missed. Brad McKay (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is too high.

38:13

David Smith (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:13

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle).

36:12

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:12

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

33:03

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:03

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

31:43

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:43

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

29:46

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

29:46

Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:41

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

27:41

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:11

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:11

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

24:32

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

23:30

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

22:24

Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

14:24

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

13:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, Partick Thistle 1. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham.

12:14

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

11:56

Attempt blocked. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

10:11

Attempt saved. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

9:38

Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

9:38

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:08

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:20

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Brad McKay.

7:42

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:01

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Gabriel Rojo de la Vega.

6:45

Attempt blocked. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

5:38

Attempt blocked. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

3:30

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

2:00

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:00

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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