Partick Thistle: Alan Archibald admits draw feels like a loss

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald said losing their late lead to draw 1-1 with Hearts in the Premiership felt like a defeat.

Aaron Muirhead's penalty put the hosts in front at Firhill but Jamie Walker struck two minutes later to level.

"It's just trying to keep their heads up because they're disappointed," Archibald told BBC Radio Scotland.

"Who'd have thought, this time last year, Hearts would come and we'd be disappointed not to get three points."

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Interview - Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald

Three games into their first top flight campaign since the 2003-04 season, Thistle remain unbeaten with five points from a possible nine.

Up until the hour-mark, Partick completely dominated and Archibald would have been frustrated to see Kris Doolan, Conrad Balatoni, James Craigen and Steven Lawless spurn good chances.

But when Hearts midfielder Walker clumsily barged over substitute John Baird in the box, referee Bobby Madden awarded the penalty and Thistle got their breakthrough - Muirhead thumping the ball down the middle and past goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

Partick's joy was short-lived, however, as Walker shot well from 20 yards to equalise and make up for conceding the penalty.

"It feels like a defeat in the dressing room," Archibald said.

"We're quite a young team and maybe the decision-making just after the goal - Gary Fraser, who had a great game, maybe dithered on the ball a little bit, but we'll learn from that.

"I'm just trying to get the point across to the lads how well they did.

"It's a fantastic start to the season and we'll try and build on it with two tough away games."

Despite there being no shortage of chances, Thistle have yet to score in open play at home but Archibald is not worried by that.

"In the final third we were just missing that wee break of the ball," he said.

"We maybe weren't as clinical as we could've been but the boys were magnificent. They got the ball down, passed it and played the right way.

"Hearts stopped us playing a bit in the second half but I'm absolutely delighted with the effort from the boys."