The pitch at the John Smith's Stadium hardly promotes silky passing football but neither side tested the theory in a game that was fully deserving of its stalemate status.
Huddersfield had much the better of the chances but lacked the execution to earn three points.
"It was two bang ordinary teams on the day, playing on a lousy pitch. But I'll take a point all day long," McCarthy said.
"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 s t game you've all watched but I'm not going to apologise for getting a point away from home. No way. It was pretty p s 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 f 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."