The venerable Ashley Cole got himself on the score-sheet in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, notching Derby County’s consolation goal in their FA Cup defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Making just his second appearance for Derby after signing on a free transfer in January, Cole was afforded a full 45 minutes to make a mark at the AMEX.
Trailing by two goals to nil, the 38-year-old defender popped up in the box to pull one back in the 81st minute after coming on at half-time.
Honestly, we’d be fibbing if we said the goal was spectacular in any way, but Tom Huddlestone’s clipped through-ball and Cole’s instinctive finish (and impassioned celebration) were both nice enough.
That was actually Cole’s first ever goal in the FA Cup, though it’s perhaps worth mentioning that he has actually won the thing no less than seven times.
Alas, two first-half goals from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia respectively saw the Seagulls seal the win at Derby’s expense, sending Chris Hughton’s side through into the draw for the quarter-finals.