Chris Beech said he noticed an extra “resilience” in his Carlisle United players as they gave him his first win as Blues boss.

United’s 1-0 victory over Forest Green in last night’s FA Cup second round replay came in Beech’s third game at the helm, and his first at Brunton Park.

Aaron Hayden’s header earned the Cumbrians £54,000 prize money and a trip to Cardiff in round three.

And new head coach Beech praised his players’ attitude to the game against one of League Two’s high-flying sides, noting they had held onto a lead for the first time since he arrived as boss.

He said: “As soon as we scored, I said to Gav [Skelton, assistant head coach], ‘Make sure we get over five minutes this time, please’.

“We’ve worked so hard to have that feeling in all three games, but the boys haven’t held onto that for whatever reason.

“There was an extra resilience to the players, in the harsh conditions we played in. You could see that in [the likes of Ryan] Loft, Canice Carroll, in the players that gave everything on Saturday [at Morecambe] such as Hallam Hope, Michael Jones, [Stefan] Scougall…they were suffering physically but cracked on and gave their best.

“I had to make changes to get us over the line, but they gave everything.”

Beech also complimented defender Hayden both for his matchwinning display and his approach to training which has seen the ex-Wolves man grab his first-team chance.

Hayden started at right-back against Mark Cooper’s side and popped up with the crucial goal when he nodded home a Nathan Thomas free-kick.

It was his third consecutive start under Beech having been used sparingly by previous boss Steven Pressley.

On his role last night, Beech said: “Aaron played a lot of football in non-league at right-back, and I need his physicality in both boxes, and his attitude towards giving 100 per cent.

“Sometimes players get used to being professionals, it happens in any job. But you’ve got to try and treat each day that you’re at work like it’s your first day at work.

“Aaron does that. He’s so humble, and he gives the feeling of almost how fortunate he is to actually be here.

“I know he worked very hard previously to work hard to get in the team. When I wasn’t working I was watching lots of football matches, and I saw him come on against Wolves [under-21s] here [in the Trophy in September].

“Against a good team, [I noticed] his physicality, covering, and speed. I thought, 'this team lacks that'. We need to add to that along with the qualities we already have, and he provides that.”

Beech said he was happy with the way United contained a Forest Green side known for their patient passing game.

“They’re an excellent team who can control possession,” he said.

“When they keep the ball so long and score a goal, the worst thing you can do is go down to 10 men, because then you’ve got hardly any chance of getting a good result against them.

“If I was speaking to my dad about the game, [he’d say] ‘Just press the goalkeeper, son’, but they’re so good at picking you off at the time. Let’s say Lofty goes, then you’re always in a negative chain all the way back to your goal, it’s always shift and move, shift and move.

“We had a tactical plan, the lads stuck to it. In the first game they had so many right-to-left diagonal balls, [which was why we were] planning Aaron Hayden to play at right back. But the first three of the game were left-to-right.

“So we moved Lofty to the left-sided centre half which forces them that way, Aaron starts winning headers, Hallam starts getting hold of the ball and we start growing into the match.”

Last night’s win meant United are unbeaten in four games – their best such run since before Pressley’s appointment in January – with Beech yet to taste defeat at the helm.

Next month they will get a third-round shot at Championship side Cardiff in Wales and Beech was enthused by the prospect.

He said: “It’s not about me, it’s about the players, it’s about the supporters.

“I enjoyed my first home game, to get a positive result – let’s be right, Carlisle United’s in round three, we’re going to Cardiff and that feels really good.

“When the draw came out my son Brandon was texting Mendez [Cardiff’s ex-Rochdale player Nathaniel Mendez-Laing], giving him some stick. Mendez said they’ll be ready for us, of course they will.

“We’ve got to enjoy that. It’s excellent finance for the club, really good getting a positive result in your first home game for me personally, but I’m more pleased for the chairman [Andrew Jenkins], for the director of football David Holdsworth, and the supporters. They were right behind everything we did.

“I don’t know who it is but there’s a lad in the Paddock…I can feel what he feels, I want that to come out in our players, because Carlisle, when I was a player, was a very harsh, hard place to get a result. We’ve got to get that back. With endeavour, commitment, and consistencies, we can.

“We have got lots of obstacles present to make that better. If you think about our staff…they’ve been fantastic since I’ve came in, we do have to build and make things stronger, but if you look at Forest Green’s options in terms of how they support how that first team play, it’s above us, even though they’re a newer club, historically a smaller club. We’ve got to grow again, I want us to grow and I want to do it real quick.”

On the prospect of extending their cup run, the head coach added: “With Rochdale, in six seasons we got four times to the fourth round or beyond – we got to the fifth round and took Tottenham to a replay at Wembley, it took them one and a half games to break us down.

“[It’s great] for Carlisle to be in round three, especially where we are in the league and what’s been happening.

“I want us to win the ball back more in the opponents’ half, to have shots and crosses…I have to get the players fitter to make those five yards up, to be able to go Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday. But the pleasing thing is while they’re not quite there yet, they gave everything to make sure they were.

“They were right behind everything we did. They deserved that win. They deserved the luck when Forest Green hit the bar – an individual great effort from [Aaron] Collins. Everything else was blocked, headed, cleared, backed up, counter-attacked.

“It was difficult in the first half, because that wind was strong against us. While Forest Green can be dominant in possession, the boys stuck to the task.”

Beech also praised those fans who braved the elements last night.

The crowd of 1,736 was Brunton Park's third-lowest FA Cup attendance.

The game was played in blustery conditions with severe wind and rain having been seen in the build-up.

Beech said: "The weather was absolutely horrific, so I commend every single one of those people who came out to watch us play. I commend the players for their efforts in the difficult circumstances with the weather.

"I’m pleased for the supporters that attended the game. We had loads of lads and ladies at Morecambe, and we couldn’t provide the win…so I’m really pleased for the Carlisle United fans to say, we’re going to Cardiff, and we’re in round three."