Scottish Premiership
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Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Partick Thistle

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tynecastle

A solitary first-half goal from Arnaud Djoum was enough to give Hearts victory over Partick Thistle and move them closer to the Premiership's top two.

Djoum notched his first goal of the season with a header from Don Cowie's corner.

Igor Rossi and Juanma Delgado came close to adding to the hosts' advantage.

Sam Nicholson had a shot saved late on while Steven Lawless was Thistle's main attacking threat.

The win was Hearts' third in a week at Tynecastle and takes them to within six points of Aberdeen and 10 behind Celtic.

Just as the game kicked off a small plane flew over the stadium carrying the banner saying, "No style no bottle Neilson out", which instantly brought about chants from the Hearts faithful of, "There's only one Robbie Neilson".

A banner flown over Tynecastle which reads 'No style no bottle Neilson out
The banner was flown over Tynecastle near the start of Saturday's match

Jamie Walker had an early chance for the home side, the winger able to go round Jags goalkeeper Tomas Cerny but fluffing his effort as the Thistle defence closed him down.

At the other end Neil Alexander was called into action to deny Mathias Pogba, who rose high to direct a header towards goal following a Lawless cross.

John Souttar has settled in well at the back for Hearts since making the move from Dundee United and looked to carry the ball forward at every opportunity.

And one of his runs eventually led to the opening goal. Souttar was fouled just outside the box and Cerny was forced into a decent save from Alim Ozturk's free-kick.

Cowie then delivered for Djoum to thunder his header into the net.

The home side came close to a second goal when Ozturk and Cowie combined to set up Rossi but his effort was just wide.

Thistle were dealt a blow just before half-time when influential midfielder Stuart Bannigan injured his knee after a challenge on Alexander and had to be replaced.

Lawless was proving to be a real thorn in Hearts' side and early in the second half he was able to create space for himself 20 yards from goal only to shoot straight at Alexander.

The game was being stretched as Thistle tried to respond and Hearts striker Juanma fired just wide after being set up by Cowie.

Jamie Walker set up substitute Abiola Dauda inside the box but he blasted high over the Thistle crossbar.

Nicholson was next to try his luck on goal but Cerny this time was able to save at his near post.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 28Smith
  • 5Ozturk
  • 24Souttar
  • 18RossiSubstituted forMcGheeat 79'minutes
  • 21Cowie
  • 8Buaben
  • 11Nicholson
  • 16Sutchuin-DjoumSubstituted forDaudaat 69'minutes
  • 7Walker
  • 19Delgado LloriaSubstituted forReillyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Augustyn
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 25Dauda
  • 44Zanatta

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Miller
  • 17Lindsay
  • 3Seaborne
  • 5Booth
  • 6Osman
  • 4Welsh
  • 7AmooSubstituted forNesbittat 79'minutes
  • 8BanniganSubstituted forEdwardsat 45+1'minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 11Lawless
  • 99PogbaSubstituted forDoolanat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 10German
  • 12Scully
  • 14Elliott
  • 16Nesbitt
  • 19Edwards
  • 22Fraser
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
16,558

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Partick Thistle 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Miller (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aidan Nesbitt (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Juanma.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Mathias Pogba.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jordan McGhee replaces Igor Rossi because of an injury.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Aidan Nesbitt replaces David Amoo.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Danny Seaborne.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28196370224863
2Aberdeen28185547301759
3Hearts28158550262453
4Ross County29123144446-239
5Dundee2881284042-236
6St Johnstone28106124346-336
7Motherwell29105143444-1035
8Partick Thistle2797112733-634
9Inverness CT2789103439-533
10Hamilton2979133249-1730
11Kilmarnock2977152951-2228
12Dundee Utd2855182951-2220
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