Greg Abbott feels FC United's shock win at Rochdale helped prepare Carlisle for their 6-0 FA Cup win over Tipton.
Rochdale were undone 3-2 at Spotland on Friday night, but Abbott's side were in no mood to follow the same route and blitzed Midlands Alliance side Tipton with four goals in the first 19 minutes with Gary Madine firing four and Francois Zoko adding a double.
Abbott said: "That FC of Manchester result the night before probably did us a favour. This was Tipton's cup final, whereas we want to get into the third round and draw a plum tie.
"We were terrific in the first 25 minutes. It was important not to give them any encouragement. We have looked after them well, but we wanted to make sure they didn't enjoy the game.
"The team was terrific and our passing and finishing was clinical, just what the doctor ordered.
"Maybe we might have had a few more goals, but we've done what we set out to do and can look forward now."