February 16, 2019
Ashley Cole scored his first Derby goal at the age of 38 today - but the veteran was in no mood to hang around and soak in the achievement.
Cole returned to English football last month when agreeing a short-term deal with Derby.
The former England left-back had been plying his trade in the MLS.
Cole agreed to join former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard at Derby and made his second appearance off the bench today.
And the Champions League winner wasted little time making an impact on English football once again as he headed home for Derby in their FA Cup clash at Brighton today.
But it was what Cole did after the goal that will have delighted Rams fans the most.
The former Arsenal defender headed home at the back post with just nine minutes remaining at the Amex Stadium.
Derby County were 2-0 down at the time and chasing the game.
Ashley Cole goal celebration: This is what Derby star really cared about when scoring
But Cole refused to celebrate his goal until a team-mate had grabbed the ball from the net and delivered it back to the centre-circle.
Derby laboured to secure an equaliser after Cole’s goal and eventually slipped out of the FA Cup for this season, losing 2-1 on the south coast.
Not that manager Lampard will be too perturbed about dropping cup games from his schedule.
Derby are chasing promotion this season and sit seventh in the Championship.
Lampard has overseen a strong first half to the campaign and signed Cole last month to boost his side’s defensive options.
As for Brighton, manager Chris Houghton is delighted to have made it into the quarter-finals.
"Overall I am very happy, but we are through and that is the most important thing,” he said.
"We made hard work of it in the end. We were good in the first-half and should have made more of those opportunities.
"I knew the squad is stronger than last season, we have got good competition for places. We have had a bad week with minor injuries, made a bit weaker going into game. Hope Locadia's injury is not too bad, it didn't look good.
"You can always dream [about winning the cup]. The reality is it is normally one of the top six that wins the competition. For the likes of ourselves it is about going as far as we can. To get to quarter-finals is a big thing for the club.
"We are having a difficult time in the Premier League, that has seen us drop a bit from a comfortable position. We need all the positivity from today."
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