Manager Greg Abbott insists Carlisle can take plenty of positives from their FA Cup third-round loss at Everton.

The League One side were heading for a deserved replay until Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines - with an injury-time penalty - snatched a 3-1 victory for last season's beaten finalists.

Abbott knew his side had done him, and 6,000 travelling fans, proud and said: "We were pleased with what we did. We matched a top Premier League side from start to finish. They have been around the top of their division for a while, and we were never outclassed."

He added: "Maybe with a little more rub of the green we could have won, we were certainly talking in those terms at the break.

"We hit the bar and there was a clear foul in the build-up to their second goal. We certainly deserved a draw, and a shock victory would not have been out of place.

"We take a lot of positives from the game. We have matched Everton in all parts of the field and there did not look a gulf between the sides. We hope we impressed our fans, they were outstanding.

"It was also nice to hear the Everton fans applauding us off at the end. They knew we had done well."

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