Hearts 2 - 0 Partick Thistle RECAP: A good showing from Robbie Neilson's men as 7,500 watch on live stream
Robbie Neilson’s men welcome League One opposition to Gorgie for the latest friendly encounter
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, 15:41
- Kick-off 3pm
- Wighton starts up front
- Smith at centre-back
Wighton nearly scores
Wighton has a shot saved by Sneddon after some brilliant play to create the chance for himself.
He latched on to a Roberts flick on, turned Richard Foster, held off the Thistle sub, cut inside but was denied by the foot of the goalkeeper.
Early Naismith chance
Ginnelly, Lee and Wighton combine to set up Naismith. His shot is diverted for a corner by Sneddon.
Double Hearts change
As the second half gets underway there is a double change for Hearts. Naismith replaces Walker and Roberts replaces Frear.
It has been a hugely entertaining game at Tynecastle, played at a great tempo with chances at both ends. It is therefore surprising that the only goal has been Jamie Walker’s early strike.
There has been plenty to be encouraged about with the Hearts performance.
The energy out of possession will be something which fans will like. Especially the front players, there is a real desire to close down and make it uncomfortable for the opposition.
There was a lull midway through where a number of slack passes allowed Thistle to gain control.
Hearts will be a threat down the flanks this season with Neilson keen for players to combine. The wide players are keen to drift inside when the ball is on the other flank to offer another option in the box. It was down the right where the only goal arrived from after Brandon linked with Frear really well before expertly picking out Walker.
They have arguably been Hearts’ best players. Both have been really tenacious and aggressive. Walker looks fit, sharp and confident. He’s constantly been buzzing around and looks really dangerous running in behind. Brandon has tried to be really positive in possession.
Craig Wighton was the interesting inclusion as the central striker. He has done a decent job. Linked played well on a few occasions, especially with a couple of difficult long balls and created a good chance for Walker. He’s had two opportunities to get a shot away but has elected to pass both times. It would have been good to see him show a bit of greediness and try and get himself a goal.
Andy Irviing is a great player to watch. A couple of times he has got the ball on the edge of the box under pressure but just turned and knocked forward a lovely pass as if he had the run of the park.
HT: Hearts 1 - 0 Partick Thistle
Should be 2-0
A quick throw-in from Brandon sets Wighton free. Instead of going himself he squares for Ginnelly but the winger’s attempt is stopped by a diving Sneddon.
A big miss.
Just as I write that, Hearts split the Thistle defence open with some fast and imaginative football.
Brandon fires a ball to Walker who dummies it for Wighton. Walker spins in behind and collects a neat return before hitting the side netting.
Scrappy of late
The game takes a pause with an injury to Thistle’s Breen.
It has been a sloppy past five minutes from both sides, summed up by some tentative passing at the back from hearts which resulted in a looped clearance from Gordon.
Walker nearly doubles the lead
Hearts kept possession, moving it from right to left before Lee played a penetrative pass into the feet of Walker. The forward showed a great touch to set himself for a shot which just bounced past he post.
Hearts lost their way
The last 5-10 minutes has seen Thistle get control of the match, not helped by a lot of slack passing from the home side.
Thistle have pushed their wing-backs higher and it’s stretching the Tynecastle side and pinning the wingers back.