Scottish Premiership
Hearts1Partick Thistle1

Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Partick Thistle

Bjorn Johnsen
Bjorn Johnsen heads home to give Hearts a first-half lead

Partick Thistle came from behind to claim a point at Tynecastle in Ian Cathro's home debut as Hearts manager.

The hosts were the better side in a dour first-half and took the lead through Bjorn Johnson's header.

Sean Welsh hit back for Thistle early after the break and the visitors passed up several chances to claim victory.

Callum Booth struck the crossbar and Jack Hamilton made excellent stops from Chris Erskine and Kris Doolan to ensure Hearts clung on to a point.

Thistle remain bottom of the Premiership but will be heartened by their second half display, while Cathro knows his team will have to improve if he is to win over the Tynecastle faithful.

Johnsen's class

Hearts hit the front after 17 uneventful minutes when he glanced Liam Smith's cross past Tomas Cerny and into the corner of his net. For the longest time, that was the extent of the action. This was dull, sloppy, lifeless football. Tynecastle, a place capable of delivering such raucous atmospheres, was mostly hushed until the endgame, when they booed.

The home side could have made it two just before the break, but an Arnaud Djoum shot was tipped away and soon after an Igor Rossi header slapped off the Partick crossbar. Beyond that, there was nothing but the sound of cheering from the visiting fans and the continuing sound of disgruntlement among their opposite numbers.

Partick come alive

The vibe in Tynecastle grew ever more antsy in the early minutes of the second half when Welsh headed Partick level. It was the first time they had stirred as an attacking force and it sparked something in Alan Archibald's team.

Ian Cathro
Ian Cathro watched his side struggle on his home debut as Hearts boss

Nine minutes later, Ade Adeez was played through one-on-one with Hamilton and should have scored. Instead, Hamilton kicked away his shot and Hearts survived.

The fractiousness of Tynecastle was palpable now. At one point, as Partick took hold of the game, Don Cowie felt the need to gesture to his own supporters, lowering the palms of his hands to the ground, urging them all to calm down.

Hearts hanging on

Save for the odd flurry from Hearts, the visitors dominated the second half. There was an extraordinary passage 10 minutes from time when they created three excellent chances in quick order.

Firstly, Booth rifled a shot off Hamilton's crossbar, then the goalkeeper denied Chris Erskine with a fine save and just after that Liam Lindsay thumped a header over the Hearts crossbar when he really ought to have scored.

Hamilton had to rescue his team again four minutes from the end when Doolan threatened to win it. They would have deserved to. Partick should have left Edinburgh with three points, not one.

On the full time whistle, the home fans let their team have it, booing loudly, if briefly. This was not how it was supposed to be in Cathro's new era.

Reaction

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro: "Initially we were able to win a bit of control. We started the game well. We had some good periods of possession in the opponent's half. There was some good performances. In the second half we didn't have that control.

"At the end of that we all feel the same thing. Voicing that is completely normal. What we've got to do is stay together, support each other and continue to make progress. That will be thing that changes things quickly."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "I thought we were dominant in the second half. We scored a goal at a good time to get us back into the game after a disappointing first half. Then we were on the front foot and we created a number of very, very good chances. Enough to probably win two games and it's hard to do that at Tynecastle.

"It's an intimidating place to come, you have to enjoy it and try and turn the home fans against their team. We did that in the second half. It helped us create chances and made them a bit more nervy at the back.

"We've got a tough run of fixtures now. Winnable games but we know they're teams around about us and we need to take points from them."

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Paterson
  • 14Souttar
  • 4Rossi
  • 24Smith
  • 15Cowie
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 6Kitchen
  • 8BuabenSubstituted forSammonat 45'minutes
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forWattat 74'minutes
  • 20JohnsenSubstituted forMuirheadat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Rherras
  • 5Ozturk
  • 13Noring
  • 18Sammon
  • 19Nowak
  • 23Muirhead
  • 32Watt

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 13Barton
  • 5Lindsay
  • 15DevineBooked at 25mins
  • 14Elliott
  • 6OsmanBooked at 64mins
  • 4Welsh
  • 19Edwards
  • 3Booth
  • 16AzeezSubstituted forErskineat 67'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 7Amoo
  • 10Erskine
  • 11Lawless
  • 18Wilson
  • 20McDaid
  • 23Gordon
  • 35Stuckmann
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
16,418

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Partick Thistle 1.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Sean Welsh.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

Foul by Tony Watt (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Attempt missed. Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jack Hamilton.

Attempt saved. Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

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

Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Robbie Muirhead.

Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Barton (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Tony Watt replaces Jamie Walker.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Robbie Muirhead replaces Bjorn Johnsen.

Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Adebayo Azeez.

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Bjorn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic16151046133346
2Rangers1810532518735
3Aberdeen1784529171228
4Hearts1877432221028
5St Johnstone176652320324
6Ross County184861929-1020
7Kilmarnock184771630-1419
8Motherwell174582128-717
9Hamilton1821061925-616
10Dundee1844101524-916
11Inverness CT183782334-1116
12Partick Thistle173681927-815
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