22 Aug Hearts 3-0 Partick Thistle: Five in a row for Jambos
Hearts continued their winning start to the season after a convincing 3-0 victory over Partick Thistle.
Osman Sow opened the scoring after the ball had broke loose to him from a Sam Nicholson corner.
Two quickfire goals in the second half killed the clash as a contest. Nicholson, made amends after his earlier miss, netting the second, following up from Juanma’s saved penalty.
Juanma atoned for the missed spot-kick with a delightful finish, chipping the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper Tomas Cerny after holding off both Thistle centre-backs in the build up.
It’s Robbie Neilson’s side’s fifth straight victory since returning to the top flight but the Hearts boss is determined to keep his players’ feet on the ground.
“Winning games breeds confidence in the team but we’re realistic about where we are the moment, we’re still a long way off competing with Celtic,” he said.
“You have to take it day by day and game by game.
“I thought it was all right, it wasn’t great. In the first half we created a few chances but not as much as I would like.
“We managed to get the ball in good areas but we were quite wasteful once we got in there so there is still more to come.”
Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald was disappointed that his side never really troubled Hearts and suggested some of his players found it difficult playing in front of a sell-out at Tynecastle.
“Maybe one or two were overawed, I expected our players that are good on the ball to get on it but we didn’t do it.
“It was a very difficult afternoon. I thought we started brightly in the first five, 10 minutes and were going to cause Hearts problems but after that we didn’t really get going.”