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Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Partick Thistle

Andraz Struna salvaged a late point for Hearts against 10-man Partick Thistle at Tynecastle.

Struna scooped home from close range to haul his side level with two minutes of normal time remaining.

Kris Doolan, then Stevie Lawless, had fired Thistle ahead either side of Isma Goncalves' penalty.

The Portuguese netted from the spot after Danny Devine handled Don Cowie's shot and was shown a second yellow card.

Hearts remain four points clear of Thistle in fifth place in the Scottish Premiership but are now six adrift of the Europa League qualifying berths after St Johnstone beat Aberdeen.

Ian Cathro sent his Hearts side out in a 3-4-3 formation, with Prince Buaben at the heart of defence.

In a first half lacking highlights, it was the Ghanaian showing his defensive prowess that drew the applause of the home support, when he deftly defied a trio of Thistle attackers one after the other.

Neither goalkeeper had been involved in anything other than routine play until the 38th minute, when the visitors' Tomas Cerny was grateful to see a Struna volley canon off his crossbar, the shot coming after Devine had blocked a Goncalves effort into the wing-back's path.

The second half opened with a tale of two headers - one chance converted, one squandered.

Thistle's patient build-up was rewarded five minutes after the break, when Lawless was released down the right and his perfect cross to the back post was headed in by top-scorer Doolan.

Kris Doolan scores for Partick Thistle against Hearts
Kris Doolan nodded home the opening goal for Partick Thistle

Hearts should have answered immediately when Cowie crossed perfectly for Goncalves, but the striker contrived to head wide with the goal at his mercy.

Chris Erskine spurned a golden chance to extend Thistle's lead as he gathered Doolan's delicate pass, danced round the covering defence, but his shot clipped the leg of onrushing Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton and bobble wide.

It was a controversial penalty decision by referee Andrew Dallas that changed the complexion of the game.

It looked a debatable call to reduce the visitors to 10 men, sending Devine off for handball and presenting Hearts with the opportunity to cancel out Doolan's opener.

The defender was sliding to block a Cowie shot and was adjudged to have used his hand to do so.

Devine, who had been booked 11 minutes earlier, was shown a second yellow and Goncalves slotted the spot kick to level the game.

Thistle refused to be downhearted after the harsh penalty award and they restored their lead just three minutes later when Lawless fired home after a sumptuous Erskine through ball.

Ian Cathro
Hearts boss Ian Cathro feels his side should have taken all three points

Hearts piled forward again and the 10 men of Thistle could not resist, Struna netting his first goal for the club after Cerny had denied Goncalves.

The drama continued right until the end, the Firhill keeper ensuring his side left with the point they fully deserved when he thwarted the Portuguese once again after the striker was sent haring clear one-on-one.

Post-match reaction

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro: "Ultimately, it's disappointing we have not got the three points in a game where we can't say we were dominant for the entirety, but we were certainly in control in long spells throughout.

"As we push and as the game progresses, we make countless chances to be able to win the game.

"Our disappointment comes from the fact we have done more than enough to win the game.

"We wanted to make sure the pitch was a bit more open for us [by playing a back three]. And to make sure that, when we arrive in the final third, we do it with more threat. I think we did that today.

"The next step for us is to make sure, when we put in a performance like that, we generate the chances we did. These should be games that we win."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "I think I am happy with a point. When you go down to 10 men, towards the end of the game we defended brilliantly and we took a point.

"We did have opportunities at 1-0 to maybe go to 2-0 and there may have been a different outcome, but the red card changes it as well.

"I wasn't surprised he gave the penalty in terms of how the decisions went all day. In terms of that type of decision, for a handball like that you will see another 10 of those and some will be given and some won't.

"That's the frustrating aspect from the manager's point of view. I wish they would just clear it up in black and white.

"If it hits your hand, it's either a penalty or not because we will get a different referee next time and we will get a different decision.

"It hit [Danny Devine's] arm. He has fallen to the side. He turned to block it.

"He didn't mean it and I can see why the ref's given it, but you will see another one next week that is not given. That is my frustration."

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Hamilton
  • 24Smith
  • 8Buaben
  • 19Nowak
  • 4TziolisSubstituted forJohnsenat 79'minutes
  • 16El OuriachiSubstituted forNicholsonat 79'minutes
  • 15Cowie
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 27Struna
  • 77Esmael Gonçalves
  • 7WalkerBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 6Kitchen
  • 11Nicholson
  • 12Avlonitis
  • 13Noring
  • 20Johnsen
  • 46Sowah
  • 88Martin

Partick Thistle

  • 1CernyBooked at 68mins
  • 15DevineBooked at 68mins
  • 13Barton
  • 17Keown
  • 14Elliott
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forAzeezat 79'minutes
  • 30McCarthyBooked at 83mins
  • 19EdwardsBooked at 84mins
  • 3Booth
  • 11Lawless
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 7Amoo
  • 16Azeez
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 27Nisbet
  • 32Lamont
  • 35Ridgers
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
15,930

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home26
Away8
Shots on Target
Home11
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Partick Thistle 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Partick Thistle 2.

Attempt saved. Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Partick Thistle 2. Andraz Struna (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Walker.

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Niall Keown.

Booking

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Andrew McCarthy (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Andrew McCarthy (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Krystian Nowak.

Attempt missed. Andraz Struna (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Sam Nicholson replaces Moha.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Bjorn Johnsen replaces Alexandros Tziolis.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Adebayo Azeez replaces Chris Erskine.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Arnaud Sutchuin-Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1, Partick Thistle 2. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Erskine.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1, Partick Thistle 1. Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Tomás Cerny (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) for hand ball.

Penalty conceded by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jack Hamilton.

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

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

Foul by Arnaud Sutchuin-Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Arnaud Sutchuin-Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic34304092236994
2Aberdeen34214963303367
3Rangers341610849391058
4St Johnstone34157124640652
5Hearts341210125345846
6Partick Thistle341012123740-342
7Kilmarnock34814123249-1738
8Ross County34812144154-1336
9Dundee3496193655-1933
10Hamilton34614143050-2032
11Motherwell3488184064-2432
12Inverness CT34413173666-3025
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