Jamie Walker made up for conceding a penalty by shooting a late equaliser to give Hearts a point against Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Thistle's Conrad Balatoni headed over in a first half dominated by the hosts.

In the closing stages, Walker felled John Baird in the box and Thistle's Aaron Muirhead converted emphatically.

However, within minutes Walker ran from midfield to hit a 20-yard leveller past Partick goalkeeper Scott Fox, meaning Hearts' points total is now -11.

The chasm between these sides remains at 16 points despite many pundits predicting close-season that Partick Thistle would be the only team Hearts - hampered by their 15-point deduction due to administration - could catch.

Indeed, the Jambos had been buoyed by a Edinburgh derby win over Hibernian and the news that fans' group, Foundation of Hearts, had been named preferred bidder for the club on Thursday.

Thistle manager Alan Archibald knocked back claims that this clash under the Firhill floodlights was an early-season relegation six-pointer.

And you can not blame him for doing so, given his charges came into the game with four Premiership points out of a possible six.

Kris Doolan's early tap in was correctly disallowed for offside but it was an indicator of what was to come in Maryhill.

Analysis

Partick penalty

"Hearts sussed Partick Thistle out a bit more in the second half. The defence pushed further up the park and tried to play in the opposition's half."

BBC Sportsound summariser Peter Houston at Firhill.

Callum Paterson looked isolated for up front for Hearts, while Thistle's Doolan was spoiled for choice in terms of attacking support.

Much of it came from Steven Lawless and James Craigen, but Partick fans in the Jackie Husband stand had an ideal position to watch full-back Stephen O'Donnell careering down the right time after time.

Thistle's former Hearts defender Balatoni headed one of O'Donnell's many crosses over the bar when many thought he would do better.

The football on show from Archibald's men was excellent at times and a good Sean Welsh pass allowed Craigen to set up Doolan, who came agonisingly close to getting the crucial goal-ward touch.

Welsh, Doolan and Lawless all went on to work Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald from distance, as fears grew amongst the home support that Thistle would rue not taking their chances.

The start of the second half brought much of the same; Craigen and Kallum Higginbotham shooting wide before MacDonald saved Doolan's close-range poke.

Hearts did eventually work themselves into a few good attacking positions and the head of Danny Wilson nearly gave them the lead, twice, from useful Kevin McHattie corners.

MacDonald was then busy beating away Craigen's diving header and a near-post shot from Baird, who had come on to spruce up Thistle's attack.

And it was Baird who drew the foul from Walker in the box with less than five minutes to go, giving referee Bobby Madden no doubt about pointing to the spot.

Muirhead smashed it home, but only 120 seconds elapsed before Walker saved his blushes by firing into the right corner of Fox's net and becoming the equalising hero.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 03 Sinclair
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 04 Welsh (Higginbotham - 46' Booked )
  • 07 Craigen
  • 08 Bannigan
  • 11 Lawless
  • 22 Fraser
  • 09 Doohlan (Baird - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 10 Forbes
  • 19 Osbourne
  • 20 Kerr
  • 14 Elliot
  • 17 Baird
  • 23 Higginbotham

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 03 McHattie Booked
  • 04 Wilson
  • 05 McGowan
  • 16 McKay
  • 02 Hamill
  • 08 Robinson (Tapping - 79' )
  • 14 Walker
  • 17 Smith (B King - 57' )
  • 12 Paterson
  • 15 Holt

Substitutes

  • 13 Ridgers
  • 30 McGhee
  • 19 B King
  • 20 Tapping
  • 28 Nicholson
  • 18 Carrick
  • 29 Oliver
Ref: Madden
Att: 6,540

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

5 4

Corners

4 4

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:41

The ball is sent over by John Baird.

90:00 +1:57

Kevin McHattie restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:49

Kevin McHattie goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:49 Booking

Booking

90:00 +1:39

Kallum Higginbotham receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:39 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:57

Kallum Higginbotham concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McHattie.

90:00 +0:27

Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:13

Stephen O'Donnell challenges Callum Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

89:47

Dylan McGowan manages to make a clearance.

89:39

Free kick crossed by Stephen O'Donnell.

89:17

Foul by Kevin McHattie on John Baird, free kick awarded.

87:43

Assist by Jamie Hamill.

87:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Walker - Partick 1 - 1 Hearts Jamie Walker scores with a right foot finish. Partick 1-1 Hearts.

85:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Muirhead - Partick 1 - 0 Hearts Penalty taken right-footed by Aaron Muirhead and scored. Partick 1-0 Hearts.

85:19

Jamie Walker concedes a Penalty for a foul on John Baird.

83:59

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Fraser.

83:34

Steven Lawless takes a shot. A parry by Jamie MacDonald prevents the goal.

82:00

A cross is delivered by Jamie Walker.

81:35

Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.

81:16

John Baird is adjudged to have handled the ball.

79:17

Jamie Walker takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

78:13

Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.

78:09 Substitution

Substitution Callum Tapping comes on in place of Scott Robinson.

77:58

The referee blows for offside.

75:57

Callum Paterson makes a clearance.

75:47

Corner taken by Gary Fraser from the left by-line.

75:27

John Baird takes a shot. A parry by Jamie MacDonald prevents the goal.

74:20

Free kick taken by Aaron Muirhead.

73:50

Handball by Scott Robinson.

73:33

Aaron Sinclair makes a clearance.

73:24

Free kick crossed by Kevin McHattie.

73:05

James Craigen concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy King.

72:42

Brad McKay takes a shot. Scott Fox catches the ball.

71:56

Headed chance falls to James Craigen.

71:41

The ball is swung over by John Baird.

71:08

Shot by Callum Paterson went over the bar.

70:42

The ball is swung over by John Baird.

69:57

Gary Fraser takes a shot and cleared the net.

69:36

Clearance made by Brad McKay.

69:31

James Craigen delivers the ball.

68:46

Header at goal by Danny Wilson goes right of the post.

68:37

Corner taken by Kevin McHattie.

67:47

Clearance made by Conrad Balatoni.

67:39

Jamie Hamill crosses the ball in from the free kick.

67:20

Jason Holt fouled by Gary Fraser, the ref awards a free kick.

66:46 Substitution

Substitution Kris Doolan goes off and John Baird comes on.

66:15

Aaron Sinclair makes a clearance.

66:09

Corner taken by Kevin McHattie from the right by-line.

65:49

Billy King takes a shot.

64:23

Header at goal by Danny Wilson goes over the bar.

64:16

Corner taken by Kevin McHattie from the right by-line.

64:01

Brad McKay has an effort at goal.

63:32

Jamie Hamill crosses the ball in from the free kick.

63:12

Aaron Sinclair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Paterson.

63:03

Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.

62:51

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham on Brad McKay, free kick awarded.

60:21

The ball is swung over by Aaron Sinclair.

60:08

Conrad Balatoni manages to make a clearance.

60:02

The ball is sent over by Jamie Walker.

59:22

Free kick taken by Scott Robinson.

59:14

Unfair challenge on Jamie Hamill by James Craigen results in a free kick.

57:34

James Craigen crosses the ball.

56:50 Substitution

Substitution David Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Billy King.

55:52

Gary Fraser restarts play with the free kick.

55:34

Foul by Kevin McHattie on Steven Lawless, free kick awarded.

54:16

Kallum Higginbotham takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

53:39

Clearance made by Brad McKay.

53:35

Aaron Sinclair crosses the ball.

51:25

James Craigen delivers the ball.

49:58

The ball is crossed by Aaron Sinclair.

48:22

The ball is delivered by Kevin McHattie.

47:17

James Craigen takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

46:21

Free kick taken by Kevin McHattie.

45:50

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell on Jamie Hamill, free kick awarded.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Kallum Higginbotham comes on in place of Sean Welsh.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:03

Aaron Muirhead manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:58

A cross is delivered by David Smith.

44:48

Stephen O'Donnell crosses the ball.

42:30

Steven Lawless takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald safely holds on.

39:09

Shot by David Smith went wide of the left-hand post.

37:58

Kris Doolan takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

37:16

James Craigen takes a shot.

35:25

Shot by Sean Welsh went over.

33:42

Free kick taken by Conrad Balatoni.

33:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Fraser by Jason Holt.

33:21

Conrad Balatoni makes a clearance.

33:15

The ball is delivered by Dylan McGowan.

32:59

Conrad Balatoni manages to make a clearance.

32:56

Callum Paterson sends in a cross.

31:46

Danny Wilson manages to make a clearance.

31:42

Stephen O'Donnell produces a cross.

25:45

Aaron Sinclair crosses the ball in from the free kick.

25:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brad McKay on Kris Doolan.

24:40

Header by Kris Doolan misses left.

24:32

The ball is crossed by James Craigen.

24:11

Conrad Balatoni takes the free kick.

24:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Paterson on Conrad Balatoni.

22:50

Sean Welsh takes the free kick.

22:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Lawless by Callum Paterson.

22:26

Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.

22:13

Kris Doolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Wilson.

22:03

The ball is crossed by Aaron Sinclair.

21:51

A cross is delivered by Stephen O'Donnell.

20:56

Clearance made by Kevin McHattie.

20:50

Gary Fraser crosses the ball in from the free kick.

20:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Wilson on James Craigen.

19:09

Header at goal by Conrad Balatoni goes over the frame of the goal.

18:55

The ball is crossed by Stephen O'Donnell.

18:47

Brad McKay makes a clearance.

18:40

Free kick crossed by Stephen O'Donnell.

18:18

Jamie Walker challenges Stephen O'Donnell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

16:45

Dylan McGowan takes the free kick.

16:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Sinclair on Callum Paterson.

16:04

Clearance by Brad McKay.

16:00

Centre by Aaron Sinclair.

15:40

Centre by Aaron Sinclair.

14:49

Jamie Walker takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Scott Fox safely holds on.

13:47

Kris Doolan takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

13:36

Aaron Muirhead makes a clearance.

13:31

Callum Paterson sends in a cross.

12:47

Steven Lawless has an effort at goal. Jamie MacDonald catches the ball.

11:06

Clearance by Danny Wilson.

11:02

The ball is delivered by Stephen O'Donnell.

10:58

Jamie Hamill manages to make a clearance.

10:52

The ball is sent over by Stephen O'Donnell.

9:46

James Craigen crosses the ball.

9:22

Shot by Jamie Walker.

8:49

Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.

8:45

The offside flag is raised against Kris Doolan.

8:22

Shot on goal comes in from Aaron Sinclair from the free kick.

7:18

Foul by Kevin McHattie on Steven Lawless, free kick awarded.

4:52

Danny Wilson makes a clearance.

4:52

Danny Wilson makes a clearance.

4:48

A cross is delivered by Stephen O'Donnell.

2:45

Corner taken by Gary Fraser.

2:23

Centre by Sean Welsh.

2:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Fraser.

1:58

Stephen O'Donnell crosses the ball.

1:05

Clearance made by Sean Welsh.

0:57

Corner taken by Kevin McHattie from the right by-line.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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