Match Reports

Hearts 1-1 Partick Thistle

17th December 2016

Honours even at Tynecastle.


Hearts and Partick Thistle played out a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle.

Bjorn Johnsen had given the Jambos a first-half lead but the visitors cancelled it out early in the second period through Sean Welsh.

Ian Cathro made two changes from the side that lost out at Ibrox a week ago. Liam Smith slotted in for Faycal Rherras while Prince Buaben replaced Robbie Muirhead.

Hearts enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening stages. Callum Paterson went closest after 13 minutes, connecting with Don Cowie’s free-kick but he could only head wide of the target.

Five minutes later it was 1-0 Hearts. Paterson burst through the centre of the park to send Smith clear down the right and his floated ball into the box was met by Johnsen, who nodded into the bottom corner of the net.

A moment of brilliance of Paterson then saw him Rabona a cross into the box from the byline but Johnsen’s half-volley flew over the bar.

The game then descended into a scrappy affair with neither side creating any clear cut chances until the 44th minute when Don Cowie’s cross was taken down on the chest by Arnaud Djoum, whose curling shot was palmed wide by Tomas Cerny.

From the resulting corner Igor Rossi rose highest to connect, only to see his header crash back off the crossbar.

Three minutes into the restart it was 1-1. Ryan Edwards crossed from the right for Welsh to head beyond Jack Hamilton and into the back of the net.

Hamilton came to the rescue in the 56th minute. A slack pass was latched onto by Kris Doolan, who fed Ade Azeez inside the box but his low drive was brilliantly blocked by the Hearts ‘keeper when the Jags hitman looked favourite to score.

The visitors were on the front foot and looked dangerous on the attack. Edwards carried the ball forward deep into the Hearts half in the 66th minute and hit a sweet long-range effort that flew inches past Hamilton’s right-hand post.

Smith tried his best to inject some magic back into Hearts’ play, tearing down the left and cutting inside before hitting a rocket shot that flew inches over the bar.

Djoum then tested Cerny, hitting a low volley from 18-yards but the Partick ‘keeper got down to make a comfortable save.

Hearts then had the woodwork to thank for keeping the scores level. Substitute Chris Erskine touched back to Callum Booth and his powerful drive from inside the box cannoned back off the crossbar.

Erskine was then denied by a stunning Hamilton save. The Thistle man was fed inside the box and with space was able to pull of a shot but the Hearts no.1 pulled off a fantastic flying save to tip the ball over the bar.

From the corner Booth connected unmarked but his header failed to hit the target.

Hamilton came to the rescue yet again when Doolan was threaded through to go one-on-one but the ‘keeper instinctively threw up an arm to stop the striker’s shot.

Hearts: Hamilton, Paterson, Souttar, Rossi, L.Smith, Walker (Watt, 74'), Kitchen, Cowie, Buaben (Sammon, 46'), Djoum, Johnsen (Muirhead, 74'). Subs: Noring, Rherras, Ozturk, Nowak.

Partick Thistle: Cerny, Booth, Welsh, Lindsay, Osman, Doolan, Barton, Elliott, Devine, Azeez (Erskine, 67'), Edwards. Subs: Stuckmann, Amoo, Lawless, Wilson, McDaid, Gordon.

Referee: Don Robertson

Top man: Jack Hamilton