Graham Kavanagh: Carlisle United FA Cup run will bring confidence

Players of Carlisle United celebrate after Matt Robson (unseen) scored against Sunderland

Carlisle manager Graham Kavanagh feels his side will be heartened by reaching the third round of the FA Cup, despite

Thanks to Matty Robson's equaliser, the Cumbrians were level at the break, but their Premier League opponents struck twice to secure a place in round four.

"Our lads are really disappointed to push Sunderland close but still go out," Kavanagh told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"But they'll take a lot of confidence from our FA Cup run, I'm sure of that."

The League One side had earned their clash at the Stadium of Light by

That win was only their third in 11 matches, but they followed it up with a - their first three-goal winning margin in almost a year.

Carlisle currently sit 16th in the table, just three points above the relegation zone.

"Giving that sort of performance, against a Premier League team, can only encourage the lads," said Kavanagh.

"If we can add just a little bit of quality to the team this month, as we've done all season, I think we'll do really well this season."

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