Graham Kavanagh: Carlisle United FA Cup run will bring confidence
Carlisle manager Graham Kavanagh feels his side will be heartened by reaching the third round of the FA Cup, despite Sunday's 3-1 defeat by Sunderland.
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.
Carlisle's average home gate this term is 4,250. After drawing Sunderland in the FA Cup, Graham Kavanagh said he hoped it would boost support - they took 5,631 fans to the Stadium of Light.
"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 toppling League One's now-leaders Brentford.
That win was only their third in 11 matches, but they followed it up with a 4-1 win over Tranmere - 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."