By Laura Brannan at Firhill
Hearts stormed to second in the Scottish Premiership table with a comprehensive 4-0 win against 10-man Partick Thistle at Firhill.
Two goals apiece for Juanma and Osman Sow sealed the points that ended the Jags’ run of three games unbeaten.
The pair each scored from the penalty spot in the second-half, Sow’s coming four minutes from the end as a result of Ryan Scully’s last-man challenge which led to him being sent off.
Having already made all their substitutions, Ryan Stevenson took the keeper’s jersey and was unlucky to see the ball go past him as he almost got his fingertips to Sow’s shot.
A win for Dundee United meant the gap at the bottom of the table was reduced to two points, leaving Alan Archibald frustrated at full-time.
The Thistle boss felt it was a game of two halves; “I thought we started well, very much in it and didn’t see that coming,” he said.
“For some reason the second goal took the wind out of our sails and I was really disappointed by that. You’re still in the game at 2-0 but I was disappointed by the lads’ reaction.”
Meanwhile, Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson wanted more from his strikers, despite them securing the victory.
“They were two good goals but they didn’t play well to be honest,” he said. “The rest of their game could be better and should be better.
“I want more, the two of them are top players. Juanma could be top scorer in Scotland but they need to hold the ball up better, link it better and get runs in behind. When they do that they score goals.”