I was in Edinburgh recently, so decided to take in a match. Like last season, the fixture computer dealt me a trip to Tynecastle. I’m guessing in 2016, i’ll be due a trip to Easter Road.
I got my ticket a few weeks in advance of this match, which was a good decision, as the match was a sell-out, with Hearts enjoying a winning start in their opening four matches.
I might have been there, but disappointingly, Kingsley, Partick Thistle’s new mascot, wasn’t.
Hearts woke up top of the league, but kicked-off in second, due to Celtic’s lunchtime win over Dundee United. The mission today was to get the win that would send them back to the top.
Partick had the better of the early exchanges, but it was Hearts who had the first major moment, with a penalty appeal turned down.
After a shaky start, Hearts came into it more, with their players being ridiculously comfortable on the ball.
The player who looked the most comfortable was Sam Nicholson. Hearts endeavored to get him on the ball as much as possible. Last year, when I saw them play Hibs, he was at the centre of all their attacks and scored the opening goal as Hearts won the match. He was in a similar mood against Partick.
Hearts pressure grew and grew and a goal was becoming inevitable.
Just before the half hour, Hearts got that breakthrough when Osman Sow fired home inside the six yard box after a corner.
The tannoy blasted out Magic by Pilot. Even though they were a local band, it was the line “Oh oh oh it’s magic, you know, you’ll never believe it’s not so(w)”
A rare case of a terrace chant that doesn’t need it’s original lyrics changed.
The second-half started slowly, but then Hearts began to gradually take control. Sam Nicholson had a great chance to score whenever he was put through on goal, but he put it wide.
Hearts pressure increased, and they had a chance to wrap the game up when they were awarded a penalty.
Juanma had his shot saved, but Sam Nicholson was quick to react and fire home the rebound.
Soon afterwards, it was 3-0, as Juanma got in behind Partick’s defence to knock the ball over the keeper.
Partick had their best spell afterwards in terms of possession, but never looked like scoring what would have only been a consolation goal.
Gavin Reilly went close for Hearts near the end, but his shot was well save by Partick’s keeper.
Hearts keep up their winning start to the season as they look to go from second tier to champions in two years.
That took a blow the following Saturday when they were knocked off the top of the table with a 3-2 defeat away to Hamilton.