SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership
Sat 22 August, 2015. Kick Off: - 15:00
After a break of a year, Thistle return to the capital for the first time since the game that saw Thistle retain their top flight status in a memorable night at Tynecastle.
Tynecastle is a modern stadium in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh and a place Thistle fans have some good memories of. Thistle fans will be in the Roseburn Stand.
There will be no cash turnstiles and entry is by ticket only. The Thistle support will be housed behind the goals. Tickets are sold out for Thistle fans and The Jags will be backed with over 700 fans for this match.
There are many ways to get to Edinburgh although be warned there may be delays and busy services due to the festival currently on.
The nearest train station is Edinburgh Haymarket. It is around 15 minutes’ walk from the ground. There are five trains an hour which should get you through in time for the match so it couldn’t be easier.
North West Bus
Milngavie Station: 12:30
Esquire Anniesland: 12:45
Maryhill CC Halls: 13:00
Full Fare: £16.00
(School aged children, unwaged adults, senior citizens, matriculated students)
For seats call 0141 632 3604 before 9:00 pm or e-mail
City Centre Bus
Station bar: 11:30
Non members welcome, to book call Duncan on 07979496154
To make a booking contact Alistair on 07817612563 /. Booking is essential. For general enquiries contact Iain on 07779668357 / .
Follow the M8 towards Edinburgh. At the end of the M8 take the A720 (Edinburgh By Pass) southwards towards Dalkeith. Leave the A720 at the junction with the A71 and follow the A71 into Edinburgh. You will eventually reach the ground on your left. Street parking.
Pubs & Eating
Edinburgh is full of places to eat and drink and there will be something that suits everyone. From fine dining to a cheeky Nandos!
Closer to the ground, there is the Tynecastle arms and The Station Bar in Gorgie Road along with a number of chip and kebab shops.
As Alan Archibald prepares to take his team through their final preparations ahead of tomorrow’s clash away to Hearts, the Firhill gaffer spent 10 minutes speaking to ptfc.co.uk about the tie against the Ladbrokes Premiership new boys.
“Hearts are absolutely flying at the moment. I’ve caught a couple of their games and they’re scoring plenty of goals. We’ve nothing to fear though and I’ll not be expecting our lads to go into the match with any trepidation. Hearts have been scoring goals but we now have two clean sheets in four games and have looked strong at the back too.
“St Johnstone ran them very close in the first match and we need to look at that and see if we can do the same.”
Alan has not been without his troubles to seek as injuries have left him with low numbers at training this week.
“We’ve had a few knocks in training this week which has meant we’ve been quite low on numbers. We know we are probably still a couple of players short in key areas and that is something we’ll be looking to rectify in the coming weeks. We’re working hard to get a couple of bodies in as soon as possible but we don’t have anything over the line yet.”
Thistle fans should have fantastic memories of Tynecastle as it was the stadium at which the Jags clinched their Premiership survival at the end of the 2013/14 season.
“It really is a great place to go and I don’t know a footballer who doesn’t enjoy playing there. It will be a full house on Saturday and the atmosphere should be fantastic. Our fans will have great memories from the end of the 2013/14 season and I hope we can replicate those scenes come full time on Saturday.”
With a couple of injury problems Thistle will be down to the bare bones when they travel to Edinburgh but Archie is confident he will have a strong enough side come kick off on Saturday.
“We do have a few who are struggling but we’ll be able to fill our bench and it will just be down to a few of the younger guys to step up to the mark. Christie Elliott is out and Lawless and Abdul are both struggling but we’re hopeful they’ll be fit to play on Saturday. Liam Lindsay is the only other one who will miss out as he was sent off against Kilmarnock.
Thistle travelled to Tynecastle to take on the early pacesetters Hearts full of confidence after an impressive performance in the previous week’s 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock. They faced a Hearts side that had won 4 games out of 4 in the league so far, with their last top flight defeat coming against Thistle in May 2014, a night fondly remembered by the Thistle faithful.
Alan Archibald was forced into two changes as Liam Lindsay sat the game out having been red carded against Kilmarnock, while Steven Lawless dropped to the bench, still suffering the effects of a knock picked up against Kilmarnock. Dan Seaborne returned to partner Frederic Frans at the back, his first appearance for the side since February. Gary Fraser, who had made impressive substitute appearances against Celtic and Kilmarnock also came into the side operating on the right hand side, with David Amoo switching to the left.
Thistle started the game well enough and forced a series of corners early on. Gary Fraser was entrusted with the responsibility of swinging the ball in and his deep deliveries were unfortunate not to be met by the runs at the back post.
Hearts had the games first real opportunity as they sought to establish the momentum in the game. Sam Nicholson twisted and turned on the edge of the box before sending a fierce shot from 20 yards which Cerny did well to turn over the bar.
This set the tone as Hearts pressed Thistle high up the pitch, intent on making the Jags make errors at the back as they tried to play their way out of danger. This pressure led to a corner which Doolan did well to knock a Paterson header from near the goalline before the full backs follow up shot was blocked.
Sow, who bossed the Thistle defence all afternoon, was next to have an effort with Seaborne doing well to block the shot at the edge of the area.
With just about half an hour on the clock, Hearts took a deserved lead. A corner from the right was chipped into the box with Paterson’s header well blocked by Cerny. Sow reacted quickest to poke home the rebound from a couple of yards out.
Thistle tried hard to get their way back into the game before half time but, in truth, struggled to create anything of note in front of the Hearts goal. Free kicks and corners found their way flying straight into the hands of the grateful goalkeeper, Neil Alexander.
Hearts continued to exert their dominance as the second half began and Nicholson should have doubled the lead on 55 minutes. He broke clear on goal but, with just Cerny to beat, fired wide of goal.
Thistle were coming more into the game and Lawless made a good impact when he came on as a substitute but the game was soon beyond Thistle.
Paterson powered down the right and was brought down with a poor challenge from Bannigan. Juanma stepped up to take the penalty, with Cerny saving his low effort. Sam Nicholson, however, was quickest to react to the ball to power Hearts into a two goal cushion.
Less than 2 minutes later, it was 3-0. Buaben knocked a ball on for Juanma to run onto, he beat Frans in a foot race before cheekily chipping Cerny to seal the points.
Hearts were content to play the game out, with Lawless and McDaid working hard trying to get a goal back for the 748 Thistle fans who had travelled to the game.
It was to finish 3-0, however, and Hearts continued their fine start to the season, with Thistle still looking for the coveted first win. It won’t get any easier for the Jags as home game against Aberdeen follows the League Cup meeting with Falkirk midweek.
It was a disappointed Alan Archibald who spoke to ptfc.co.uk shortly after the full time whistle.
“I’m very disappointed with the team today. We were very, very poor. We know that Hearts are a good team but it’s disappointing that they won as easily as they did today.
“We set the team out with a game plan, and it just didn’t happen. We needed to work harder than them and put them under pressure and we just didn’t do it well enough.”
Neil Alexander was barely tested in the Hearts goal and Alan was clearly unhappy with the way his team had played creatively.
“I feel sorry for Kris Doolan as he wasn’t getting anything out of the defence. There was no service for him and it was a very long afternoon for him.
“We had creative players, who are key for the way we play and we didn’t get them on the ball enough and let them play. When they did get the chance to play, Hearts were on them veryquickly. “It’s disappointing not to be creative. We have to be brave on the ball and have faith in our abilities”Thistle return to action quickly with a home League Cup tie against Falkirk and Archie is keen to see the team put today’s bad performance behind them.
“The League Cup is a tournament we want to do well in, so we’ll be taking it seriously. We have to get back to the basics and start doing the things we are usually good at. We didn’t those things today and the scoreline reflects that.”