Bristol City manager Derek McInnes spoke of his frustration after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw at Ipswich in a match he felt they deserved to win.
The Robins dominated the first half and had enough chances to beat their fellow strugglers but instead had to settle for a point which leaves them in the bottom two of the npower Championship.
To add to City's misery, their relegation rivals Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough all recorded victories on Saturday.
McInnes said: "I'm frustrated not to get three points because I thought we were by far the better team. When you play that well and create chances, you hope to win.
"We dominated the first half, although the second was more even, and played with a confidence. There was a concentration and focus about us, which is especially important in away matches."
Town boss McCarthy was pleased to get a draw out of the game, saying: "We got better in the second half but didn't play particularly well.
"Bristol City did play well, though, and I should congratulate them. I was glad to get in at 1-1.
"I was happy to take a point from a game we could have lost, to not lose twice on the bounce and not to crumble when we could have done.
"In terms of performance, it was nowhere near as well as we played against Nottingham Forest or Millwall.
"But these are the hardest games. Expectations are higher when you play teams around you but, as today's results prove, this league is bonkers and it will be that way until the end.