Scottish Premiership
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By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Firhill

Hearts' relegation from the Scottish Premiership was confirmed despite victory against Partick Thistle.

The Tynecastle side, who needed to win and hope St Mirren lost to Motherwell, fell behind to Kris Doolan's strike.

Dale Carrick levelled from close range and Billy King fired the visitors ahead after the break.

Ryan Stevenson's brace preceded Jordan McMillan's consolation for the Jags and though the visitors ran out winners, St Mirren's win sent Hearts down.

The gap between the bottom side, who started the season with a 15-point deduction due to insolvency, and Thistle stands at 17 points with five matches to play. The Buddies are now a point ahead of the Jags as the top flight splits in two for the season run-in.

Ryan Stevenson scores for Hearts against Partick Thistle
Stevenson (far right) netted twice in the second half

And a meeting of Hearts' creditors on Monday will have a major bearing on whether the club can avoid liquidation.

The match at Firhill burst into action when the home side took the lead. A Lyle Taylor pass split the Hearts centre-half pairing and Doolan ran through to hammer past Jamie MacDonald.

And Alan Archibald's side should have doubled their advantage shortly after. This time Doolan was the provider for Taylor, who had time but blasted high over the crossbar.

Thistle continued to dominate as Hearts looked weary after two hard fought matches against Hibernian and Aberdeen in the previous seven days.

Doolan again found space on the edge of the 18-yard box but on this occasion MacDonald was able to make the save.

Hearts slowly made their way into the game and Paul Gallacher was at full stretch to deny a net-bound header by Scott Robinson.

King was sent clean through on goal but rushed his effort, the ball ending wide of target, before Kevin McHattie tested Gallacher.

Hearts' pressure paid off before the break when King cut back for Carrick to nod home from close range.

And the match was turned on its head in the early minutes of the second half when King latched on to a through ball 22 yards out and, with very little back swing, struck a shot that was still rising as it hit the back of the net.

The visitors were now running all over Thistle and Stevenson scored Hearts' third. King sent in a corner from the left and Stevenson sent a glancing header beyond Gallacher.

And Stevenson scored his second when he collected a Robinson pass to clip the ball into the corner.

McMillan pulled one back for the home side, converting from inside the box following Stuart Bannigan's pass to round off a high-scoring match.

And, after news of St Mirren's 3-2 victory against 'Well had been established, the Hearts players were applauded off the pitch by the travelling fans.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 16McMillanBooked at 83mins
  • 3Taylor-Sinclair
  • 8Bannigan
  • 13Rojo de la Vega Piccolo
  • 15Mair
  • 23HigginbothamSubstituted forBuabenat 54'minutes
  • 22FraserSubstituted forCraigenat 76'minutes
  • 21Taylor
  • 9Doolan
  • 28ErskineSubstituted forLawlessat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 7Craigen
  • 10Buaben
  • 11Lawless
  • 14Elliott
  • 17Moncur

Hearts

  • 1MacDonald
  • 12Paterson
  • 3McHattie
  • 2HamillBooked at 65mins
  • 5McGowan
  • 16McKay
  • 8RobinsonSubstituted forSmithat 70'minutes
  • 15HoltBooked at 53mins
  • 7Stevenson
  • 18CarrickSubstituted forNicholsonat 74'minutes
  • 19KingSubstituted forOliverat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Ridgers
  • 14Walker
  • 17Smith
  • 28Nicholson
  • 29Oliver
  • 30McGhee
  • 31Beith
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
4,262

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hearts 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hearts 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

  4. Post update

    Brad McKay (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Gary Oliver (Hearts).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gary Oliver (Hearts).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Hearts 4. Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stuart Bannigan.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hearts. Gary Oliver replaces Billy King.

  18. Post update

    Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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