Mick McCarthy gave by some distance the most entertaining performance of the day as he launched into a passionate defence of Ipswich's goalless draw at Huddersfield.

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.

A draw leaves both sides clear of the npower Championship relegation places, but does little to enhance their survival hopes. But what the players lacked in inspiration, McCarthy more than made up for in the post-match media conference.

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

Terriers boss Mark Robins offered a more sober assessment of the match. It was his first home game in the league, a first point since taking over and a first clean sheet after conceding 10 goals in his two previous outings.

"I thought we controlled it in fairness," Robins said. "I think we tried to pass; they didn't try to pass it. They came came for a point and got a point. We tried to get all three of them.

"There's a little bit of a lack of confidence and the surface doesn't help when you try to pass it but we tried. We had about seven shots on target and some good opportunities to score but we didn't take any of them. That's why it's only a point and not three."