Everton manager David Moyes breathed a sigh of relief after his side's nervy FA Cup third-round victory over plucky Carlisle.
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. James Vaughan had given Everton an early lead but after Kevan Hurst's scuffed equaliser the Cumbrians more than matched their Premier League opponents.
"The scoreline was a little flattering, but we are through. We are also still in Europe and our league form is picking up, so things are starting to go our way," Moyes said. "I was not surprised by Carlisle, but I was disappointed that when we went one up early on, we were not able to build on that and control the game better.
"We were disappointed with a lot of things but I cannot be disappointed with the result. We had nine players injured and two away at the African Nations Cup, plus one suspended.
"It was a battle, but we expected that. The same thing happened last season in the third round when we struggled to a 1-0 win at Macclesfield, but still ended up reaching the final."
He added: "That is what the FA Cup is all about. Maybe the save from Tim Howard pushing that shot onto the bar got us through."
Carlisle boss Greg Abbott knew his side had done him, and 6,000 travelling fans, proud. "We were pleased with what we did. We matched a top Premier League side from start to finish," he said. "They have been around the top of their division for a while, and we were never outclassed. We certainly deserved a draw, and a shock victory would not have been out of place."