Hearts' relegation from the Scottish Premiership was confirmed despite victory against Partick Thistle.

The Tynecastle side, who needed to win and hope St Mirren lost to Motherwell, fell behind to Kris Doolan's strike.

Dale Carrick levelled from close range and Billy King fired the visitors ahead after the break.

Ryan Stevenson's brace preceded Jordan McMillan's consolation for the Jags and though the visitors ran out winners, St Mirren's win sent Hearts down.

The gap between the bottom side, who started the season with a 15-point deduction due to insolvency, and Thistle stands at 17 points with five matches to play. The Buddies are now a point ahead of the Jags as the top flight splits in two for the season run-in.

Ryan Stevenson scores for Hearts against Partick Thistle

Stevenson (far right) netted twice in the second half

And a meeting of Hearts' creditors on Monday will have a major bearing on whether the club can avoid liquidation.

The match at Firhill burst into action when the home side took the lead. A Lyle Taylor pass split the Hearts centre-half pairing and Doolan ran through to hammer past Jamie MacDonald.

And Alan Archibald's side should have doubled their advantage shortly after. This time Doolan was the provider for Taylor, who had time but blasted high over the crossbar.

Thistle continued to dominate as Hearts looked weary after two hard fought matches against Hibernian and Aberdeen in the previous seven days.

Doolan again found space on the edge of the 18-yard box but on this occasion MacDonald was able to make the save.

Hearts slowly made their way into the game and Paul Gallacher was at full stretch to deny a net-bound header by Scott Robinson.

King was sent clean through on goal but rushed his effort, the ball ending wide of target, before Kevin McHattie tested Gallacher.

Hearts' pressure paid off before the break when King cut back for Carrick to nod home from close range.

And the match was turned on its head in the early minutes of the second half when King latched on to a through ball 22 yards out and, with very little back swing, struck a shot that was still rising as it hit the back of the net.

The visitors were now running all over Thistle and Stevenson scored Hearts' third. King sent in a corner from the left and Stevenson sent a glancing header beyond Gallacher.

And Stevenson scored his second when he collected a Robinson pass to clip the ball into the corner.

McMillan pulled one back for the home side, converting from inside the box following Stuart Bannigan's pass to round off a high-scoring match.

And, after news of St Mirren's 3-2 victory against 'Well had been established, the Hearts players were applauded off the pitch by the travelling fans.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Partick Thistle

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 16 McMillan Booked
  • 03 Taylor-Sinclair
  • 08 Bannigan
  • 13 Gabriel
  • 15 Mair
  • 23 Higginbotham (Buaben - 54' )
  • 22 Fraser (Craigen - 76' )
  • 21 Taylor
  • 09 Doolan
  • 28 Erskine (Lawless - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 07 Craigen
  • 10 Buaben
  • 11 Lawless
  • 14 Elliott
  • 17 Moncur

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 12 Paterson
  • 03 McHattie
  • 02 Hamill Booked
  • 05 McGowan
  • 16 McKay
  • 08 Robinson (Smith - 70' )
  • 15 Holt Booked
  • 07 Stevenson
  • 18 Carrick (Nicholson - 74' )
  • 19 King (Oliver - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Ridgers
  • 14 Walker
  • 17 Smith
  • 28 Nicholson
  • 29 Oliver
  • 30 McGhee
  • 31 Beith
Ref: Stephen Finnie
Att: 4,262

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

5 7

Corners

4 5

Fouls

17 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hearts 4.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hearts 4.

90:00 +4:01

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

90:00 +4:01

Brad McKay (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:46

Foul by Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle).

90:00 +2:46

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:00

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:58

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

90:00 +1:29

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +1:18

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:49

Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:49

Foul by Gary Oliver (Hearts).

89:06

Gabriel Piccolo (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:06

Foul by Gary Oliver (Hearts).

87:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Hearts 4. Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stuart Bannigan.

85:54

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

84:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Gary Oliver replaces Billy King.

84:14

Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

84:14

Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:45

Attempt missed. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

83:00

Attempt missed. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from very close range is too high following a set piece situation.

82:25 Booking

Booking Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

82:20

Foul by Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle).

82:20

David Smith (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Gary Fraser.

73:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Sam Nicholson replaces Dale Carrick.

70:30

Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

70:30

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

70:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. David Smith replaces Scott Robinson.

68:33

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie Hamill.

67:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hearts 4. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Robinson.

66:32

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

66:32

Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Chris Erskine.

64:30 Booking

Booking Jamie Hamill (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

64:24

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:24

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Hearts).

62:01

Foul by Lee Mair (Partick Thistle).

62:01

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hearts 3. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy King.

60:21

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Gabriel Piccolo.

59:12

Foul by Lee Mair (Partick Thistle).

59:12

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:54

Foul by Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle).

58:54

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:09

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

54:18

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

54:18

Dale Carrick (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Prince Buaben replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

52:53 Booking

Booking Jason Holt (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

52:47

Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:47

Foul by Jason Holt (Hearts).

49:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hearts 2. Billy King (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie MacDonald.

49:26

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

49:26

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:15

Foul by Gabriel Piccolo (Partick Thistle).

48:15

Dale Carrick (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:16

Lee Mair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:16

Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

45:00

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 1, Hearts 1.

45:00 +0:48 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Hearts 1.

44:05

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:05

Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

43:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hearts 1. Dale Carrick (Hearts) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Billy King.

42:11

Attempt saved. Billy King (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

39:50

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

39:01

Attempt saved. Jason Holt (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:04

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:04

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

36:14

Attempt blocked. Billy King (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:33

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:33

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Hearts).

33:22

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Gabriel Piccolo.

33:14

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

33:04

Attempt saved. Scott Robinson (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

32:29

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Lyle Taylor.

32:00

Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:57

Foul by Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle).

30:50

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Jordan McMillan.

29:51

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

29:51

Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:35

Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

24:54

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:54

Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

23:41

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:41

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Hearts).

21:04

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:04

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Hearts).

18:51

Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:56

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

14:11

Jamie Hamill (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:11

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

13:11

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie Hamill.

8:20

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

8:20

Jason Holt (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:07

Foul by Billy King (Hearts).

7:07

Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:09

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Billy King.

4:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hearts 0. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lyle Taylor.

3:42

Attempt missed. Brad McKay (Hearts) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

3:11

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:11

Foul by Gabriel Piccolo (Partick Thistle).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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