Brighton reached the FA Cup quarter-finals with victory over Derby, despite the Rams’ Ashley Cole scoring his first competitive goal in English football for six and a half years.

The Seagulls, who are struggling in the , looked in total control after goals from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia in the first half.

However, former and defender Cole headed in for Derby to reduce the deficit in the 81st minute – the left-back’s first goal in England since September 2012.

The Championship side, who had twice come from 2-0 down to reach this stage, pushed for an equaliser but the hosts held on to reach the last eight for the second season in a row.

It is the fourth time the Seagulls have progressed this far in the competition and they will now bid to reach the semi-finals for the first time since they lost the 1983 final.

Frantic finish after rare Cole goal

Cole, a seven-time FA Cup winner, joined Derby in January to play under his former team-mate Frank Lampard in January, having left Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in October.

The 38-year-old, who had a two-year spell at Roma after leaving Stamford Bridge in 2014, was introduced as a half-time substitute, along with striker Jack Marriott, after a poor first half from the visitors.

Derby still rarely threatened until Cole’s goal, which came as a result of poor Brighton defending.

Dan Burn hooked a weak clearance to Cole on the left side of the box as the hosts failed to deal with a long ball over the top, allowing the ex-England full-back headed into an unguarded net.

It was his first FA Cup goal in his 49th appearance in the competition.

The strike resulted in a frantic finish as Derby pushed for an equaliser that would have forced extra time, with Harry Wilson shooting wide after poor goalkeeping from David Button, Fikayo Tomori missing the target with an optimistic bicycle kick and Rams goalkeeper Kelle Roos going up for a set-piece in the final minute.

Despite the late panic, Brighton held on to win a game they had controlled for the majority.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 27Button
  • 2BrunoBooked at 90mins
  • 4Duffy
  • 33Burn
  • 30Bernardo
  • 8BissoumaBooked at 76minsSubstituted forGroßat 86′minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 11Knockaert
  • 9LocadiaSubstituted forGyokeresat 81′minutes
  • 16Jahakhsh

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 13Groß
  • 22Montoya
  • 31Sanchez
  • 42Gyokeres
  • 49Molumby
  • 57Ostigard

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 5TomoriBooked at 20mins
  • 46MaloneBooked at 35minsSubstituted forColeat 45′minutes
  • 4Bryson
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 7WilsonBooked at 28mins
  • 9Waghorn
  • 28NugentSubstituted forJozefzoonat 73′minutes
  • 23HolmesSubstituted forMarriottat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2dom
  • 11Jozefzoon
  • 14Marriott
  • 15Johnson
  • 17Evans
  • 26Cole
  • 47Ravas
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
24,562

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Derby County 1.

Attempt blocked. Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn.

Booking

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Jack Marriott (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alireza Jahakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Bernardo.

Attempt missed. Harry Wilson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Viktor Gyokeres (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Pascal Groß replaces Yves Bissouma.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by David Button.

Attempt saved. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Wilson with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Bruno.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Bernardo.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Derby County 1. Ashley Cole (Derby County) header from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Viktor Gyokeres replaces Jürgen Locadia because of an injury.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Ashley Cole (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Harry Wilson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Bernardo (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by with a headed pass.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ashley Cole.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Button tries a through ball, but Jürgen Locadia is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Florian Jozefzoon replaces David Nugent.

Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Foul by Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jack Marriott (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kelle Roos.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jürgen Locadia.

Foul by Alireza Jahakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Jürgen Locadia is caught offside.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Harry Wilson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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