Cole's first goal in 28 months against Stoke not only spared the European champion a fourth successive game without a win but showed the watching
Chelsea owner Abramovich has been reluctant to sanction long-term deals for thirtysomethings of late but could well be set to make an exception for 31-year-old Cole, who he may otherwise risk losing for nothing next northern summer.
It is said Cole is carrying a persistent ankle problem that can limit his ability to train and the England star joked after yesterday's 1-0 win that "my legs can't keep getting me up and down the pitch".
But he added on Chelsea TV: "I feel as fit as I've ever been."
Cole admitted he did not know what he was doing in the centre-forward position after expertly chipping home
Admitting it was "nice" to end a drought going back almost two and a half years, he added: "I didn't have too much time to think about it. That's why I probably did that.
"I just thought I would take a gamble and get in the box and, luckily, it fell for me."
"Luckily, it was Ashley and he chipped the ball and he showed that he's one of the best full-backs in the world."
That is beyond dispute, although goalscoring has never been a big part of Cole's game and the left-back warned that was unlikely to change in Chelsea's new attacking system.
"I tend to stay back a little bit more," he said. "With the players we've got, we have to change the way we play and we have to get the ball down as much as we can and give it to people like
He added: "When the fans watch these players, they're so exciting.
"When Oscar's getting the ball and running at defenders, when Hazard's getting the ball and running at defenders, it's exciting, and the future's looking good for Chelsea.
"This season, we've got to keep going and, hopefully, we don't get too many injuries and we keep going and keep winning games."
It was the first time Mata, Hazard and Oscar had started together and it was no surprise to see them struggle to click, despite their obvious individual talents.
"We have two or three more players, quality players, that like to play and I like to play with them," he said.
"We enjoy playing and it's the way I like to play, with the ball, passing, assisting and trying to get some chances."
Those were at a premium yesterday and Chelsea's desperation saw
"We've played well this year," he said. "Arsenal, Man City and then Chelsea - we've done really well.
"We've done all right - we just haven't had the breaks.
"This is most probably the best we've played at Chelsea in the five years that we've been in the Premier League."
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