Partick Thistle boss Gary Caldwell couldn’t hide his disappointment after his side were denied a late penalty against Hearts.

Thistle lost the Scottish Cup replay 2-1, but the Thistle manager was incensed after a penalty wasn’t awarded by referee Bobby Madden for a foul on Miles Storey by Christophe Berra.

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“I have looked at it back and it’s a penalty. Everyone knew it in the stadium, I think Christophe Berra knew it was a penalty” he told STV News.

Ironically enough, Hearts were awarded two penalties in the game, one of which they missed.

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Despite the defeat, Caldwell was delighted with the performance his side put up against a Premiership side. Scott McDonald gave the Jags a shock first-half lead. But the team were unable to hold on against the Edinburgh side.

“The bravery we showed on the ball was brilliant. And we stood toe to toe for two games with one of the top teams in this country.”

Thistle must look to regroup after the defeat, in their battle to stave off relegation from the Championship. The Jags take on Falkirk on Saturday knowing that a win would move them out of the relegation play-off places.

If Thistle play as well as they did against Hearts, they are more than capable of defeating Falkirk.


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