Scottish Premiership
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Hibernian 1-1 Partick Thistle

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland

James Collins' injury-time leveller saved Terry Butcher from defeat on his home debut as Hibernian manager.

A stunning solo effort from Kris Doolan had given Partick Thistle the lead; the striker dancing through a string of challenges before a cool finish.

The Jags held firm through a second-half bombardment with Collins and Jason Cummings passing up chances from close range.

But Hibs threw everyone forward, and Collins finally found the net.

Alan Archibald's men thought they had done enough to grab their fourth away win of the season, and Ross Forbes late chance could have sealed it.

To add to their misery Steven Lawless was carried off in the first half before Kallum Higginbotham also joined him on their growing injury list.

Hibs were looking to build on an encouraging display in the Scottish Cup win over Ross County last weekend, while Lewis Stevenson made his 200th appearance for the Leith side.

In Ben Williams and Scott Fox, two of the top goalkeepers in the Scottish Premiership were in action, and their skills were both tested early in a lively opening.

Paul Cairney cut inside his marker and fired a stinging shot at the Thistle goal as Hibs started on the front foot.

After weathering the early storm, the Jags began to find joy down the left-hand-side, with Higginbotham and Lawless both finding the target but failing to break the deadlock.

Ryan McGivern nearly sneaked in the opener with an audacious long range strike as the game approached half-time. The low spinning ball was heading for the bottom corner, but Fox was able to push it wide for a corner.

It was a quality goal that broke the deadlock for the visitors.

Doolan picked the ball up on the half-way line, lobbed it over Jordon Forster, cut inside then skipped past the challenge of Paul Hanlon, before dinking the ball over Williams.

It was inevitable that the Hibees would storm back, and Fox showed his Scotland credentials with another fine fingertip save on 65 minutes when Collins volley almost sneaked in. The Hibs striker didn't get a clean strike on the ball, but the bounce off the floor almost directed it into the net.

The hosts continued to threaten with two more chances within a minute.

Collins headed straight at Fox from point-blank range, then a free-kick was fired in towards Hanlon whose diving header was not too far wide of the left-hand post.

Forbes passed up the chance to win the game when he started and ended the attacking move, chasing his own lob forward. However he dragged his shot wide with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Then it was a horror miss from Hibs substitute Cummings. Forster met the corner and headed it down into his path, but with the goal gaping he failed to burst the net as it bounced agonisingly past him.

With the seconds ticking away, Williams sent a long free-kick into the box which Hanlon headed into the path of the unmarked Collins, and he rifled in from close range for a share of the points.

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Williams
  • 18MayburyBooked at 84minsSubstituted forNelsonat 87'minutes
  • 3McGivernBooked at 67mins
  • 17Tudur-Jones
  • 23Forster
  • 4Hanlon
  • 11Cairney
  • 16StevensonSubstituted forCummingsat 77'minutes
  • 14CollinsBooked at 90mins
  • 19HandlingSubstituted forZoubirat 60'minutes
  • 10Craig

Substitutes

  • 5Nelson
  • 20Taiwo
  • 21Murdoch
  • 27Zoubir
  • 29Caldwell
  • 35Cummings
  • 38Thomson

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fox
  • 16McMillan
  • 3Taylor-Sinclair
  • 14ElliottBooked at 70mins
  • 5Muirhead
  • 13Rojo de la Vega
  • 23HigginbothamSubstituted forBairdat 70'minutes
  • 19Osbourne
  • 7Craigen
  • 9DoolanBooked at 88minsSubstituted forLindsayat 90+1'minutes
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forForbesat 32'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Forbes
  • 12Gallacher
  • 17Baird
  • 20Kerr
  • 26Lindsay
  • 31Wilson
  • 34Meechan
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
10,431

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 1, Partick Thistle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Partick Thistle 1.

  3. Booking

    James Collins (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 1, Partick Thistle 1. James Collins (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Hanlon.

  7. Post update

    Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Liam Lindsay replaces Kris Doolan.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

  12. Booking

    Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Michael Nelson replaces Alan Maybury.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

  17. Booking

    Alan Maybury (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

  19. Post update

    John Baird (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.