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Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Partick Thistle

By Paul MitchellBBC Sport Scotland at Tynecastle

Andraz Struna salvaged a late point for Hearts against 10-man Partick Thistle at Tynecastle.

Struna scooped home from close range to haul his side level with two minutes of normal time remaining.

Kris Doolan, then Stevie Lawless, had fired Thistle ahead either side of Isma Goncalves' penalty.

The Portuguese netted from the spot after Danny Devine handled Don Cowie's shot and was shown a second yellow card.

Hearts remain four points clear of Thistle in fifth place in the Scottish Premiership but are now six adrift of the Europa League qualifying berths after St Johnstone beat Aberdeen.

Ian Cathro sent his Hearts side out in a 3-4-3 formation, with Prince Buaben at the heart of defence.

In a first half lacking highlights, it was the Ghanaian showing his defensive prowess that drew the applause of the home support, when he deftly defied a trio of Thistle attackers one after the other.

Neither goalkeeper had been involved in anything other than routine play until the 38th minute, when the visitors' Tomas Cerny was grateful to see a Struna volley canon off his crossbar, the shot coming after Devine had blocked a Goncalves effort into the wing-back's path.

The second half opened with a tale of two headers - one chance converted, one squandered.

Thistle's patient build-up was rewarded five minutes after the break, when Lawless was released down the right and his perfect cross to the back post was headed in by top-scorer Doolan.

Kris Doolan scores for Partick Thistle against Hearts
Kris Doolan nodded home the opening goal for Partick Thistle

Hearts should have answered immediately when Cowie crossed perfectly for Goncalves, but the striker contrived to head wide with the goal at his mercy.

Chris Erskine spurned a golden chance to extend Thistle's lead as he gathered Doolan's delicate pass, danced round the covering defence, but his shot clipped the leg of onrushing Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton and bobble wide.

It was a controversial penalty decision by referee Andrew Dallas that changed the complexion of the game.

It looked a debatable call to reduce the visitors to 10 men, sending Devine off for handball and presenting Hearts with the opportunity to cancel out Doolan's opener.

The defender was sliding to block a Cowie shot and was adjudged to have used his hand to do so.

Devine, who had been booked 11 minutes earlier, was shown a second yellow and Goncalves slotted the spot kick to level the game.

Thistle refused to be downhearted after the harsh penalty award and they restored their lead just three minutes later when Lawless fired home after a sumptuous Erskine through ball.

Ian Cathro
Hearts boss Ian Cathro feels his side should have taken all three points

Hearts piled forward again and the 10 men of Thistle could not resist, Struna netting his first goal for the club after Cerny had denied Goncalves.

The drama continued right until the end, the Firhill keeper ensuring his side left with the point they fully deserved when he thwarted the Portuguese once again after the striker was sent haring clear one-on-one.

Post-match reaction

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro: "Ultimately, it's disappointing we have not got the three points in a game where we can't say we were dominant for the entirety, but we were certainly in control in long spells throughout.

"As we push and as the game progresses, we make countless chances to be able to win the game.

"Our disappointment comes from the fact we have done more than enough to win the game.

"We wanted to make sure the pitch was a bit more open for us [by playing a back three]. And to make sure that, when we arrive in the final third, we do it with more threat. I think we did that today.

"The next step for us is to make sure, when we put in a performance like that, we generate the chances we did. These should be games that we win."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "I think I am happy with a point. When you go down to 10 men, towards the end of the game we defended brilliantly and we took a point.

"We did have opportunities at 1-0 to maybe go to 2-0 and there may have been a different outcome, but the red card changes it as well.

"I wasn't surprised he gave the penalty in terms of how the decisions went all day. In terms of that type of decision, for a handball like that you will see another 10 of those and some will be given and some won't.

"That's the frustrating aspect from the manager's point of view. I wish they would just clear it up in black and white.

"If it hits your hand, it's either a penalty or not because we will get a different referee next time and we will get a different decision.

"It hit [Danny Devine's] arm. He has fallen to the side. He turned to block it.

"He didn't mean it and I can see why the ref's given it, but you will see another one next week that is not given. That is my frustration."



Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Hamilton
  • 24Smith
  • 8Buaben
  • 19Nowak
  • 4TziolisSubstituted forJohnsenat 79'minutes
  • 16El OuriachiSubstituted forNicholsonat 79'minutes
  • 15Cowie
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 27Struna
  • 77Esmael Gonçalves
  • 7WalkerBooked at 89mins


  • 6Kitchen
  • 11Nicholson
  • 12Avlonitis
  • 13Noring
  • 20Johnsen
  • 46Sowah
  • 88Martin

Partick Thistle

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1CernyBooked at 68mins
  • 15DevineBooked at 68mins
  • 13Barton
  • 17Keown
  • 14Elliott
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forAzeezat 79'minutes
  • 30McCarthyBooked at 83mins
  • 19EdwardsBooked at 84mins
  • 3Booth
  • 11Lawless
  • 9Doolan


  • 7Amoo
  • 16Azeez
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 27Nisbet
  • 32Lamont
  • 35Ridgers
Andrew Dallas

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamPartick Thistle
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Partick Thistle 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Partick Thistle 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian).

  7. Booking

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Partick Thistle 2. Andraz Struna (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Walker.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Niall Keown.

  11. Booking

    Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  15. Booking

    Andrew McCarthy (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Arnaud Sutchuin-Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Andrew McCarthy (Partick Thistle).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Krystian Nowak.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andraz Struna (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

As It Stood

4St Johnstone34157124640652
6Partick Thistle341012123740-342
8Ross County34812144154-1336
12Inverness CT34413173666-3025
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