A strong Heart's side including a couple of first team players in Robinson and Holt went down 3-2 to a hard working Thistle side in this exciting match at New Victoria Park. Hearts went into this game sitting one place above their opposition in the league table and were looking to keep that statistic after the final whistle.
Thistle were out of the blocks quickly and threatened the Hearts goal in the second minute when Kevin Nesbitt played in Neil McLaughlin who saw his powerful shot blocked on the edge of the box.
Heart's opened the scoring in this fixture nine minutes into the half after James Keatings found the right hand corner after his strike from the left hand side of the box.
The Jambo's created a couple of good opportunities after the opener with Scott Robinson trying his luck from outside the box but his shot went over the bar and the goal scorer Keatings stung the fingers of Marc Waters who had to tip over the bar.
The visitors played some nice football in the midfield area and this led to a chance for Declan McDaid who picked the ball up and from 22yards out hit a sweet strike but unfortunately was straight at Scott Gallacher in the Heart's goal who claimed comfortably.
Thistle got back on level terms when Aaron Muirhead met a ball in the box only to see his effort come of the bar and Dominic McLaren reacted quickest to put the rebound home out to get his team right back into the game with 20 minutes gone.
Thistle were in control at this stage and Jordan Leyden felt optimistic when he tried his luck from 25yards but it would have had to be something special to beat Gallacher from that far out.
The Jags had a great opportunity on the half hour mark to get in their noses in front when McDaid was upended just inside the box and the ref pointed to the spot. McDaid dusted himself down and slotted the penalty home to the keeper's left who was a very unlucky not to keep it out as he got a strong hand to the ball.
Keatings and Holt both came close with headers to get Heart's back on level terms with Keatings effort just going wide of the left hand post and Holts just going over the bar.
The men in maroon pressed forward looking for the equalizer before half time and forced a trio of corners but unfortunately could not capitalize.
Partick could have went into the break two goals up when Gallacher forced his name sake into a good save at the second attempt at his near post .