Hearts continue their preparation ahead of the new season with a friendly fixture with Partick Thistle at Tynecastle Park. It is just over a week until the team return to competitive action in the Betfred Cup when they host Inverness CT.
Robbie Neilson has seen his side defeat East Fife and Falkirk in friendly encounters recently as he gels his side together having been appointed in the summer. Already new signings such as Jordan Roberts and Josh Ginnelly have made an impact.
We will have team news as soon as we get it plus updates throughout the afternoon, including post-match reaction and analysis.
Hearts v Partick Thistle LIVE: updates, action and reaction from the friendly at Tynecastle Park
Last updated: Saturday, 26 September, 2020, 16:56
- Kick-off 3pm
- Wighton starts up front
- Smith at centre-back
The second half was much more of a slog compared to the first, as was to be expected with a raft of changes from both sides.
Hearts were the dominant side and deservedly doubled their lead through Craig Halkett after some wonderfully aggressive and positive play before being set up by Steven Naismith.
The tempo and fluidity of the first half was missing as Hearts struggled to create too many clear-cut chances.
Peter Haring was given more minutes which was arguably the best news from the second half. He showed his talent at switching play from the base of the midfield.
Jordan Roberts showed flashes of fine play. The Englishman is technically very good and should create a few goals this season and get himself into scoring positions.
Game a big attraction
Around 7,500 Hearts fans tuned in to watch the 2-0 win over Partick Thistle on live stream.
FT: Hearts 2 - 0 Partick Thistle
Brilliant moment as Lee completes a cheeky nutmeg on Williamson and can’t help himself but let out a ‘WOOOO’ as he did so.
Big Garuccio block
Thistle threaten for the first time in the second half with a stinging shot from distance but Garuccio throws himself in front to divert for a corner.
Haring’s first touches
The Austrian sprays a 50-yard pass to the feet of Wighton who is now fielded on the right.
Boyce and Haring on for Ginnelly and Irving
The centre-back wins a challenge in typically robust fashion, burst forward, leaving Docherty for dead before sliding in Naismith. The striker’s cross is then met by the defender who continued his run.
Double change coming
While Hearts have been the better side after the break, it hasn’t been a great second half.
However, Hearts are about to bring Peter Haring and Liam Boyce on.
Irving and Naismith combine to set Roberts free. His cross is met by Wighton by the forward couldn’t get enough on the effort.