A disgruntled group of Hearts fans who paid for a plane to fly over Tynecastle with the banner ‘Neilson out’ failed to unsettle their side who sealed their third win in a week.
Arnaud Djoum’s first-half header was enough to secure the three points for Robbie Neilson’s men and cut the gap to second-placed Aberdeen to only six points.
It’s been an impressive season for the newly promoted side and Neilson admits it was a bit bizarre to see the plane flying over Tynecastle with the banner – ‘No bottle, no style, Neilson out’
“I’d rather people spent their money on the Foundation of Hearts than wasting it on me. Was it Strange? Yeah, but it’s up to them what they want to spend their money on.
“We’re sitting in a decent position but I think I might need to look at my gear!”
On the match itself, he said: “We played okay. We weren’t great but we deserved win and didn’t give up a lot of chances. Three games, three clean sheets I’m pleased with that.”
Thistle boss Alan Archibald was disappointed to lose but felt his side could have got something out of the game.
“Yeah, definitely it has come down to a set play. It’s something we are aware of it’s a major strength of Hearts. It’s a sore one to take because we are in the game. We just needed a bit more belief.”
On the plane incident, Archibald said: “He’s up against it Robbie isn’t he?! Robbie is a victim of his own success, it’s incredible, fans need to be careful what they wish for.”