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HEARTS NEIL ALEXANDER 7 Magnificent save from Pogba header. Good handling and very cool with the ball at his feet.

LIAM SMITH 7 Took every chance to burst forward to support Nicholson down the right. ALIM OZTURK 7 Deflected free-kick over the bar. Nice and solid at the heart of the backline. JOHN SOUTTAR 7 Smooth user of the ball. Not so assured defensively against the power of Pogba. IGOR ROSSI 6 Strong at the back and had header tipped over. Missed second header. PRINCE BUABEN 6 Disciplined in midfield allowing Cowie to make runs into attacking areas.

JAMIE WALKER 6 Peppered target with shots. The best of which forced Cerny to save at near post. ARNAUD DJOUM 6 Towering header at the far post for the goal. Decent show.

SAM NICHOLSON 6 Ran at Booth on the right whenever possible. Low drive saved by Cerny. JUANMA DELGADO 6 Near-post run and shot just over. Good battle with Lindsay and Seabourne. SUBSTITUTES ABIOLA DAUDA 3 Shot over with first touch.

JORDAN MCGHEE 2 Took over from injured Rossi.

GAVIN REILLY 1 On for the final few minutes.

DON COWIE 8 Not shy to make breaking runs into dangerous attacking areas and some deadly set-play delivery. Superb.

PARTICK TH TOMAS CERNY 7 No chance with Djoum header after saving from Rossi. Couple of good saves. GARY MILLER 6 Hard work on the right-back beat as he looked to keep tabs on the lively Walker. DANIEL SEABOURNE 7 Defender made some good blocks and worked well with Lindsay.

CALLUM BOOTH 6 Had a cracking tussle with Nicholson and survived a penalty shout.

SEAN WELSH 6 Bundle of energy in the engine room as he fought to get Thistle a foothold. ABDUL OSMAN 6 Good touch for a big man and able to make a decent contribution in midfield. DAVID AMOO 6 Almost scrambled an opener. One or two dangerous runs down the right flank. STUART BANNIGAN 3 Twisted badly as he closed down Alexander in the box and limped off. STEVEN LAWLESS 7 Great ball for Pogba header and missed a chance moments later. Shot saved. MATHIAS POGBA 6 Good header punched away by Alexander. Worked Souttar and Ozturk hard.

SUBSTITUTES RYAN EDWARDS 4 Introduced as a straight swap for the crocked Bannigan.

AIDAN NESBITT 2 Attempted to create when he came on. KRIS DOOLAN 2 Got the final nine minutes.

LIAM LINDSAY 8 Centre-back was brave with his blocks and stood up well to the strength of Juanma.

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Date:Mar 7, 2016
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