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McCarthy: It's a good point

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy says he is not too worried about the standard of football that was on display during their 0-0 draw at Huddersfield.

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Mick McCarthy: Says no point away from home is a bad one

Mick McCarthy: Says no point away from home is a bad one

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On a poor pitch at the John Smith's Stadium, the two sides failed to provide a huge amount of entertainment, but McCarthy felt the fact both sides still have relegation concerns was to blame.

"It was two bang ordinary teams on the day, playing on a lousy pitch," said McCarthy. "But I'll take a point all day long.

"It's a good point for us, I've never had a bad point away from home.

"We're both nervous, both looking at the wrong end of the table, and that doesn't produce wonderfully free-flowing football.

"I apologise for the standard of game you've all watched but I'm not going to apologise for getting a point away from home. No way.

"It was pretty poor but it was a point. I'm a pragmatist, I'm a realist, I'm not a poet.

"It's their home game. Perhaps we should be talking about Huddersfield losing two points. Why aren't we saying we should be delighted with a point and depriving them of two points?

"Let's put perspective on it. If you'd offered me a point I wouldn't even have got on the bus. I'd have stayed in Ipswich and wouldn't have bothered travelling four and a half hours to get here."

When it was suggested that the travelling fans might have hoped for more than the one shot on goal Ipswich managed, McCarthy defended his tactics.

He said: "I'd like to think they'll say, 'Mick's team played 4-4-2 away from home, with two wingers on the pitch, and tried to be an attacking force. I really appreciate Mick for doing that and not shutting up shop'.

"We haven't played that well but we're going back a point nearer safety. Brilliant.

"I haven't tried to play negatively, I haven't tried to play badly. The media can write whatever they want, the negative view. It does my fruit in."

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