Nigeria international,  Leon Balogun was conspicuously missing on Saturday as his team Brighton Hove Albion progressed into the FA Cup quarter-finals, thanks to a 2-1 win over Derby County.

It is the first ever that Brighton will enjoy back-to-back FA Cup quarter-final qualification and they did not require any input from Balogun who was not even named in the matchday squad for the Seagulls.

Though missing in Saturday’s tie, Balogun has made two appearances in the competition for the Seagulls this season.

The Seagulls deservedly took the lead in the 33rd minute when Ashley Knockaert swept in Yves Bissouma’s cross from 16 yards.

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Their second goal came in the stoppage time of first-half when Jurgen Locadia tapped in the rebound after Bissouma hit the post with a shot from the edge of the box.

However, former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole reduced the deficit for Derby in the 81st minute – the left-back’s first goal in England since September 2012.

The goal also saw Cole scoring his first competitive goal in English football for six and a half years.

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.


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