Scottish Premiership as it happened

Newly-promoted Partick Thistle and Hearts share the spoils after two late goals in an exciting tussle at Firhill.

16 August 2013 Last updated at 22:05

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  1. 2200: 

    It's a busy old day of football tomorrow, with Aberdeen v Celtic getting things started at lunchtime. That should be a cracker, with Pittodrie heading for a near sell-out.

    At three o' clock we have: St Johnstone v Ross County, Hibs v Dundee United, Inverness CT v Motherwell and St Mirren v Kilmarnock.

    We'll be back to do it all again. I hope you can join us. Good night.

  2. 2155: 
    Hearts manager Gary Locke on BBc Radio Scotland

    "It was some game!

    "We were not a the races in the first half. Partick totally outplayed us.

    "Second half, we were on front foot a lot more often and battled well.

    "I'd need to see the penalty again. Certainly from where we were it looked a soft one.

    "But it shows the character we've got, for the players to take responsibility and get the equaliser. We know every point is valuable."

  3. 2150: 
    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It feels like a defeat in the dressing room but I was telling them how proud I was of their performance.

    "We're a young team and maybe decision-making let us down after scoring the goal. Gary Fisher dwelled on the ball when an older head might have just toe-ed it away.

    "I though the lads were magnificent, they get it down and play the right way

    "All we were missing was that wee break of the ball in the final third."

  4. 2145: 

    It's all over for Andy Murray at the Cincinnati Open. The Wimbledon champion crashes out 6-3, 6-4 to Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.

  5. 2142: 

    Partick Thistle will rue not creating more clear-cut chances in a first half they dominated and it's always sore not to win after taking the lead so late on but I'm sure the Jags faithful will be pleased to be unbeaten in their first three Premiership matches.

    On this evidence Alan Archibald's men will thrive in the top division.

    The men in red and yellow move the ball around with real composure but perhaps lack a killer ball in the final third of the pitch.

  6. 2140: 
    Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The boys are fighting for everything because we've got such a great support behind us in every game."

  7. 2138: 

    Hearts were completely outplayed in the first half but they dug in and showed great character to claw that equaliser back so late in the game. The Edinburgh side are now on -11 points at the bottom of the league.

  8. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Partick Thistle 1-1 Hearts

    Thistle looked like they were destined for top spot in the Scottish Premiership when Aaron Muirhead thumped in that penalty with five minutes to go. But Jamie Walker made amends for giving away the spot-kick when he found the back of the net with a fantastic strike.

  9. 2135: 

    Jamie MacDonald juggles a fierce shot from John Baird as the Partick Thistle striker goes for goal when a pass might have been the better option.

  10. 2133: 

    Tonight's attendance at Firhill is 6540, with 2067 of those supporting the visitors. Nobody is leaving early as we enter injury time...

  11. 2129: 
    GOAL- Partick Thistle 1-1 Hearts (Walker)

    Now that's how to respond to giving away a penalty! Jamie Hamill slips a pass to Jamie Walker and the young midfielder slaloms past a couple of challenges before ripping a shot past Scott Fox from 20 yards.

  12. 2127: 
    GOAL- Partick Thistle 1-0 Hearts (Muirhead)

    A proper central defender's penalty. Big Aaron Muirhead thunders the ball in from 12 yards.

  13. 2126: 
    PENALTY

    John Baird is upended by Jamie Walker in a penalty box scramble. A rash challenge.

  14. 2125: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald makes a great diving save to keep out an 18-yard strike from Steven Lawless.

  15. 2124: 

    It's all gone a bit scrappy now, with Hearts battling well and Thistle losing their first-half fluency.

    Scotland's tennis hero Andy Murray is in a spot of bother at the Cincinnati Open. He's lost the first set to Tomas Berdych in his quarter-final and he's a break down to the big Czech in the second.

  16. 2120: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Hearts make another change in midfield. Scott Robinson is off, with Callum Tapping on.

  17. 2117: 

    Another good stop from Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald as he gets an arm to a swerving shot from John Baird, with the Thistle replacement scampering on to a long ball over the top.

  18. 2114: 

    Jamie MacDonald makes a good diving save to keep out a header from James Craigen and the play immediately races up to the other end as Jamie Walker thumps in a shot, with home keeper Scott Fox right behind it.

  19. 2112: 

    Thistle respond as Gary Fraser conjures up some space on the edge of the penalty area with some nice footwork the midfielder but can only hammer a shot high over the crossbar.

  20. 2111: 
    CLOSE!

    Hearts skipper Danny Wilson throws himself at a Kevin McHattie corner and the ball whistles narrowly wide. The Jags look very wobbly at set-pieces.

  21.  

    Tweet from SiB "#bbcsportscot Have to say I agree with Scotty B's text, as a Dons fan I'd rather have Hearts in the league playing ugly than relegated."

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  22. 2109: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Thistle change strikers, with John Baird on to lead the line in place of Kris Doolan.

  23. 2108: 

    Billy King has made a difference since coming on for the Jambos and the substitute wins another corner as his shot is deflected wide. This time the hosts deal with the set-piece.

  24. 2106: 

    Hearts substitute Billy King sees his shot on the turn headed away by Aaron Muirhead before Danny Wilson heads over from the resulting corner. Much better from the visitors now. Has the Thistle storm blown itself out?

  25. 2102: 

    A rare chance falls the way of Hearts as the ball lands at the feet of Jamie Hamill in the Thistle penalty area. The baldy midfielder takes a poor first touch and his shot is charged down by a defender.

  26.  

    Tweet from James Merrett: "Following the hearts on live text in NYC... first person to ever say I'd rather be in firhill? #bbcsportscot #gorgierules"

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    With Partick Thistle playing so well, I'm sure lots of people would rather be at Firhill but you might be the first person to say it in New York!

  27. 2058: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Billy King is on for David Smith as Hearts look for a foothold in this game.

  28. 2056: 

    Kallum Higginbotham does really well to skip past his man and get into the penalty box on the left but the Partick Thistle substitute immediately undoes that good work with a wild shot off target.

  29. 2055: 

    Partick Thistle continue to play with an impressive high tempo. Any time Hearts get the ball, possession is soon surrendered as Alan Archibald's men hunt in packs to win it back.

  30.  

    Text to 80295 from Scotty B: "As a Hearts fan its not how we play this season is all about getting points and staying up. Cheers."

  31. 2050: 

    Thistle's James Craigen runs on to a ball over the top of the Hearts defence and skids an angled, first-time shot a yard or so wide of the target.

  32. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF

    Partick Thistle get the second half started, with Kallum Higginbotham on for the injured Sean Welsh.

  33. 2045: 

    The teams are back out for the second half as the BBC Sportsound team discuss how Hearts can combat Thistle's marauding full-backs. The visitors need to get a hold of the ball first...

  34. 2043: 

    Much is made of the callow Hearts squad, with the Tynecastle side subject to a signing embargo and having lost a few older heads after going into administration but this Jags side are also very fresh-faced, with an average age of just over 22.

  35. 2040: 

    It looks like Thistle will need to make a change in the second half. Sean Welsh limped off with a dead leg and Kallum Higginbotham is going through a rigorous warm-up.

  36.  

    Roddy Wylie on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot great atmosphere, happy crowd, no need for hat, gloves, fur coat, summer football is a must!!"

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  37.  

    Dale Wright on Twitter: "Partick sounding good for a win here... Hearts are dire, to match the straits they're currently in... #bbcsportscot"

  38. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Partick Thistle 0-0 Hearts
    Partick Thistle have completely over-run Hearts in the first 45 minutes but have yet to break the deadlock Partick Thistle have completely over-run Hearts in the first 45 minutes but have yet to break the deadlock
  39. 2028: 

    Steven Lawless cuts in from the right to have a pop at goal. His shot from 20 yards clips a defender in white and is easily smothered by Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald.

  40. 2027: 
    BBC Sportsound match commentator Rob Maclean

    "It's been sparkling from Partick Thistle but they will be kicking themselves if they are not ahead after dominating the first half."

  41.  

    Text from Peter who says he's in the tractor combining oats: "What a brilliant advert for summer football this game. Sounds like a brilliant atmosphere! Keep up the good work."

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  42.  

    Tweet from Grant Nichol: "Re Robert Hutton. Hearts aren't a "bad team". -12 in turmoil, I'd do the same. #longseason #bbcsportscot"

  43. 2025: 

    The one-way traffic continues as Kris Doolan scampers into the penalty box from the left flank and lets fly with a fierce shot that fizzes wide of Jamie MacDonald's near post.

  44. 2022: 

    Sean Welsh is really catching the eye in the Thistle midfield and he is not far away with a rising first-time shot from the edge of the penalty box.

  45. 2020: 

    The home fans scream for a penalty as the ball appears to pop off Danny Wilson's arm. Play rages on and the Jags faithful are appealing to the officials again as Kris Doolan is upended by a firm tackle in the D of the penalty box. Nothing doing from referee Bobby Madden.

  46. 2018: 

    Better from Hearts as David Smith slips past his man to drive a low ball into the penalty area but a lunging defender in red and yellow stripes is able to make the clearance.

  47.  

    Robert Hutton on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Don't you just hate it when bad teams come and park the bus rather than let the better players create a spectacle for fans."

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  48. 2014: 
    Partick Thistle are playing with great energy but have yet to break down the Hearts defence Partick Thistle are playing with great energy but have yet to break down the Hearts defence
  49. 2010: 

    Sean Welsh picks out James Craigen with a lovely cross-field pass. The Thistle midfielder controls on his chest and flicks the ball across the face of goal, with Kris Doolan failing to connect properly with his head. A great chance!

  50. 2009: 
    Former Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Both teams are playing one up front but Callum Paterson is isolated for Hearts, whereas Kris Doolan is getting lots of support from midfielder runners."

  51. 2005: 

    Hearts a creaking at the back as Stephen O'Donnell clips a lovely delivery on to the head of former Hearts youth Conrad Balatoni but the big defender can only nod high over the crossbar from 10 yards.

  52. 2004: 

    Hearts continue to chase shadows as Thistle zip the ball to and fro. Alan Archibald's team are purring right now but they can't find a final ball to open up the visitors' defence.

  53. 2000: 

    A more direct approach from the Jags this time as a long punt out of defence catches the Hearts rearguard out and Kris Doolan sends a dipping strike wide from 18 yards.

  54. 1959: 

    More nice passing from the hosts as they slice through Hearts to set up a shooting opportunity for Steven Lawless on the left edge of the penalty area. Goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald is right behind it.

  55. 1954: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL

    Kris Doolan slides in to finish from close range after a spot of pinball in the Hearts penalty box but the Thistle striker was in an offside position.

  56. 1953: 

    Thistle are pinging the ball around with real confidence but they are not really hurting Hearts as the visitors pack men behind the ball.

  57. 1951: 

    The turf at Firhill is absolutely pristine. It looks like a freshly ironed Subbuteo pitch. A far cry from the days when Thistle ground-shared with Glasgow Warriors rugby team.

  58. 1949: 

    Now Thistle win a corner thanks to some enterprising play from Stephen O'Donnell. The Jags full-backs love to get forward. Another corner follows immediately but neither set-piece amounts to much.

  59. 1947: 

    Hearts win the first corner of the evening, with David Smith burrowing forward. Kevin McHattie's delivery is easily dealt with by the home defence.

  60. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF

    Hearts, playing in all white, get the game started...

  61. 1941: 

    The last rays of sunshine pierce through a few ominous clouds over the west end of Glasgow as kick off approaches. Firhill is filling up nicely as we wait for the teams to come out.

  62. 1938: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "I've been impressed by the quality of the movement and passing from Partick Thistle. They could have scored five or six against Ross County at the weekend.

    "I think it will be a close game but I expect the home team to edge it."

    What do you think?

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  63. 1934: 
    Injured Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevensonon BBC Radio Scotland

    "In my head, I hope to be back in nine weeks - the doctor says 15, so I'll be at him all the time! I'm desperate to get back playing."

    He also revealed that he's booked in for a new tattoo on Sunday. Is there any room left for more ink on his body? On second thoughts, I don't want to know the answer...

  64. 1931: 

    Now I don't want to chase you away but you can see this game live over on BBC ALBA. The commentary will be in Gaelic, so you could learn a few new words for your next Highland holiday into the bargain.

  65. 1929: 
    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We've got two good results and that's all it is. There are guys on the bench who can go and fill every position. That's helped the starting XI because they want to hold on to their jersey."

  66. 1925: 
    Hearts manager Gary Locke on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I was delighted with performance on Sunday, so I didn't see any reason to change anything. We had nine players away with the Under-19 and Under-21 internationals this week and that made preparation for this game a bit problematic.

    "But we've got another fantastic support here tonight, so it's important we give them something to cheer about."

  67. 1922: 
    LINE-UPS

    Partick Thistle: Fox, O'Donnell, Taylor-Sinclair, Welsh, Muirhead, Balatoni, Fraser, Bannigan, Craigen, Lawless, Doolan. Subs: Gallacher, Baird, Kerr, Forbes, Osbourne, Elliott, Higginbotham.

    Hearts: MacDonald, Hamill, McHattie, Wilson, McGowan, Robinson, Paterson, Walker, Holt, McKay, Smith. Subs: Ridgers, Carrick, King, Tapping, Nicholson, Oliver, McGhee.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  68. 1919: 

    Hearts make one change to the side that defeated Hibs 1-0 last weekend. Jamie Walker replaces Ryan Stevenson, who could be out for up to three months with a knee injury sustained in the 13th minute of the Edinburgh derby.

  69. 1917: 

    Unsurprisingly, Partick Thistle go with the same starting XI for the third league game in a row.

  70. 1915: 

    Good evening and welcome to our Scottish Premiership coverage as Hearts visit Partick Thistle at Firhill.

    The Jags have looked impressive on their return to the top flight and have garnered four points from their first two games. That puts them 16 points ahead of the Jam Tarts, who started the season on minus 15 for entering administration over the summer.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 17 Aug 2013 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Inverness CT 3 6 9
Moving up 2 St Johnstone 3 5 7
Moving up 3 Celtic 2 3 6
Moving down 4 Aberdeen 3 1 6
Moving down 5 Partick Thistle 3 2 5
No movement 6 Motherwell 3 -3 3
No movement 7 Kilmarnock 3 -1 2
No movement 8 Dundee Utd 3 -1 2
No movement 9 Hibernian 3 -2 1
Moving up 10 St Mirren 2 -3 1
Moving down 11 Ross County 3 -7 0
No movement 12 Hearts 3 0 -11