Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 0-4 Hearts

Sam Nicholson (left) and Juanma Delgado
Hearts moved into second place in the Premiership

Hearts moved up to second place in the Premiership with a clinical and impressive victory over Partick Thistle.

Juanma Delgado's goal from close range towards the end of a dull game gave Hearts the lead.

Osman Sow turned his marker and shot beyond goalkeeper Ryan Scully, before Juanma struck a penalty after a clumsy challenge from Liam Lindsay.

Scully was sent off for bringing down Sow, who made it four from the spot.

The visitors were strong and purposeful as they overwhelmed a Partick side that played neat football but was indecisive in attack.

Hearts are a team of power, pace and a streetwise edge. Even as Partick played some composed, productive football in midfield, Hearts held their nerve and their defensive line was never meaningfully breached.

There is an intent to Hearts, when they are on their game, that is hard to quell. Juanma and Sow can appear casual at times, and the former can seem to disengage from the game for long spells, but they are lively and dangerous in the final third.

That quality, of menace and aplomb, was absent for the hosts. David Amoo was capable of surging runs down the right, and Matthias Pogba was a burly presence in attack, but the distribution in the final third was wayward and awkward.

Hearts' defence, in particular Callum Paterson and Jordan McGhee, simply stood strong and coped.

Juanma
Juanma (centre) opened the scoring for Hearts and added a penalty in the second half

Hearts did not need to build periods of possession to make the breakthrough; they attacked in waves. Paterson pulled an early free-kick wide and Danny Swanson curled another round the upright.

The liveliness was eventually productive, with Sow gathering the ball when Scully pushed a free-kick away and his cross was turned in from close range by Juanma.

All that Partick could regret - despite passages of measured passing, was Stuart Bannigan slicing wide and Amoo seeing a shot bounce off McGhee's heel.

Even without a dynamic edge, Juanma and Sow could create trouble. When the former slipped the ball up to the latter on the edge of the area, Sow spun and did a dragback in one move.

He lost the ball, but it bounced off Lindsay and back into his path, with Sow being calm enough to clip a shot past Scully.

The Thistle support was frustrated, and even the award of a penalty against their side was greeted with subdued resignation. The lively and impressive Arnaud burst into the penalty area and was pulled back by Lindsay, with Juanma flawlessly converting from the spot.

As a contest, the game had run its course, but Hearts were still prepared to extend themselves. Their reward came when Sow strode into the penalty area and was felled by Scully, which drew a red card from the referee Steven McLean.

Sow scored from the spot past Ryan Stevenson, who had to take the goalkeepers' jersey because the home side had used all of their substitutes.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12ScullyBooked at 85mins
  • 15Dumbuya
  • 17LindsayBooked at 64mins
  • 3SeaborneSubstituted forFransat 66'minutes
  • 5Booth
  • 8Bannigan
  • 6Osman
  • 7Amoo
  • 4WelshBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMuirheadat 59'minutes
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forStevensonat 54'minutes
  • 99PogbaBooked at 30mins

Substitutes

  • 2Miller
  • 9Doolan
  • 10Stevenson
  • 13Frans
  • 22Fraser
  • 23Muirhead
  • 35Gallacher

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 22McGhee
  • 18Rossi
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 23SwansonSubstituted forGomisat 59'minutes
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 8Buaben
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forZanattaat 71'minutes
  • 10Sow
  • 19Delgado LloriaSubstituted forKingat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gomis
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 20Reilly
  • 28Smith
  • 40Baur
  • 44Zanatta
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,776

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home1
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Heart of Midlothian 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Heart of Midlothian 4.

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Juwon Oshaniwa.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Heart of Midlothian 4. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Dismissal

Ryan Scully (Partick Thistle) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Ryan Scully (Partick Thistle) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Heart of Midlothian. Osman Sow draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

Robbie Muirhead (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Dario Zanatta replaces Sam Nicholson.

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Frederic Frans replaces Danny Seaborne because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Juanma.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Heart of Midlothian 3. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Heart of Midlothian. Prince Buaben draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Danny Seaborne.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Robbie Muirhead replaces Sean Welsh.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Morgaro Gomis replaces Danny Swanson.

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Amoo (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ryan Stevenson replaces Steven Lawless.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Heart of Midlothian 2. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Danny Seaborne.

Foul by David Amoo (Partick Thistle).

Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Heart of Midlothian 1. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Osman Sow with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic13102134102432
2Hearts1382324141026
3Aberdeen138141916325
4St Johnstone136252721620
5Ross County135351815318
6Hamilton135351818018
7Dundee134541922-317
8Kilmarnock134361422-815
9Inverness CT133551216-414
10Motherwell134271015-514
11Partick Thistle13247919-1010
12Dundee Utd132291026-168
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