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Partick Thistle 1-1 Heart of Midlothian

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Highlights: Partick Th 1-1 Heart of Midlothian

A timely header from Ross Callachan earned Hearts a draw as Partick Thistle continued their run of failing to win a Premiership game this season.

The home side were on top in the first half, and took the lead when Blair Spittal's shot slipped through the legs of Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

Hearts were livelier after the break, forcing Thistle onto the back foot.

That pressure eventually told, although Danny Devine was convinced that he headed Callachan's effort off the line.

Referee Don Robertson was certain enough to award the goal, though, and Hearts spent the rest of the game chasing a winner.

There was a late attacking flurry from Partick Thistle, but the visitors stood strong and the draw reflected the balance between the two sides.

The signing of Spittal in the summer after he was allowed to leave Dundee United is proving to be a shrewd piece of business by Partick Thistle. The 21 year old showed terrific energy throughout, with his darting runs from midfield always a threat to the visitors' defence.

Partick Thistle midfielder Blair Spittal
Partick Thistle midfielder Blair Spittal opened the scoring against Hearts at Firhill

When he made the breakthrough, though, he was helped by a horrendous mistake by the Hearts goalkeeper McLaughlin.

Spittal drifted in with ease from the right as the visitors' defence looked on. The Jags midfielder was allowed a clear sight of goal, and hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper. Somehow, the ball slipped through his hands and legs before slowly rolling across the goal-line.

Hearts, who were roared on by 2,100 visiting fans, came close to equalising when Isma Goncalves set up Michael Smith, but Ryan Scully saved low to his right post.

McLaughlin looked suspect with a number of crosses and only a goal-line clearance by John Souttar denied Thistle a second after Adam Barton looped a header over the goalkeeper.

Hearts were more assertive in the second period, and Jamie Walker thundered a shot just inches wide of Scully's left post.

Partick Thistle defender Christie Elliot
Partick Thistle defender Christie Elliot had to be replaced in the second half due to injury

The Tynecastle manager Craig Levein said in midweek that he was still searching for the right system to accommodate the players he has at his disposal and when Milinkovic replaced Smith, the Tynecastle side switched to a back four.

Within minutes, Hearts drew level. Callachan glanced a header towards goal and despite Devine's clearance, the referee decided the ball had crossed the line. On the balance of play in the second period it was the least the Edinburgh side deserved.

Thistle attacks were rare, but McLaughlin had to be alert to deny Storey after good work down the left by Paul McGinn.

Alan Archibald's side let slip a glorious chance for a winner in the 90th minute, when Storey was free at the back post but his left-foot effort from a corner flew high over.

Hearts remain unbeaten under Levein, as they continue their road trips while the Tynecastle main stand undergoes reconstruction.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12Scully
  • 5Keown
  • 15DevineBooked at 88mins
  • 4Turnbull
  • 16McGinn
  • 13Barton
  • 19Edwards
  • 14ElliottSubstituted forNitrianskyat 67'minutes
  • 7Spittal
  • 39StoreySubstituted forNisbetat 90+2'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forBanniganat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Bannigan
  • 11Lawless
  • 17Nitriansky
  • 20Nisbet
  • 23Sneddon
  • 24McCarthy

Hearts

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Souttar
  • 5Hughes
  • 6BerraBooked at 35mins
  • 2SmithSubstituted forMilinkovicat 74'minutes
  • 16Randall
  • 20Callachan
  • 15CowieSubstituted forCurrieat 88'minutes
  • 27GrzelakSubstituted forSmith-Brownat 53'minutes
  • 7WalkerBooked at 75mins
  • 77Esmael Gonçalves

Substitutes

  • 3Smith-Brown
  • 8Buaben
  • 11Milinkovic
  • 13Hamilton
  • 23Stockton
  • 25Currie
  • 43Henderson
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,671

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt saved. Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Paul McGinn (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Connor Randall (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kevin Nisbet replaces Miles Storey.

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Rory Currie replaces Don Cowie.

Booking

Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Connor Randall (Heart of Midlothian).

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Heart of Midlothian 1. Ross Callachan (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Manuel Milinkovic.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Niall Keown.

Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Stuart Bannigan replaces Kris Doolan.

Foul by Manuel Milinkovic (Heart of Midlothian).

Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

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

Hand ball by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Manuel Milinkovic replaces Michael Smith.

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

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

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

Hand ball by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Milan Nitriansky replaces Christie Elliott because of an injury.

Delay in match Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Delay in match Jordan Turnbull (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

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

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Attempt saved. Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic76101831519
2St Johnstone7421138514
3Aberdeen6420116514
4Hibernian73311210212
5Rangers73221310311
6Motherwell6312109110
7Hearts723268-29
8Hamilton72141113-27
9Dundee7124815-75
10Ross County7115514-94
11Partick Thistle7034813-53
12Kilmarnock7034511-63
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