Hearts boss Craig Levein has expressed his anger after his team weren’t awarded a penalty in the Scottish Cup clash against Partick Thistle.

Hearts were held to a 1-1 draw at Firhill, but Levein can’t understand why referee Bobby Madden didn’t award a first-half penalty for a foul on Uche Ikpeazu.

“I don’t understand how we didn’t get it,” he told BBC Sport.

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“I’ve had a look at the penalty claim. It’s a certain penalty.”


Hearts might have been awarded a penalty, but that should not have stopped them from defeating Partick.

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The Jambos were in control of the game for almost its entirety, but only had a one goal lead thanks to Christophe Berra’s header.

They couldn’t get the second goal though, and Christie Elliott’s second-half goal forced a replay.

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Despite the draw, the chances are Hearts will still reach May’s Scottish Cup Final. Should they defeat Thistle in the replay, they will face Inverness in April’s semi-final at Hampden Park.

Two Championship sides are all that stand between the Tynecastle side and their first Scottish Cup Final since 2012.

Hearts boss Craig Levein has, quite incredibly, never won an honour as either a manager or a player. This year represents a great chance for that run to finally come to an end after more than 30 years.

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