The former Pirates striker seemed to take little pleasure in possibly derailing the Buccaneers title bid. The 2-2 draw while entertaining aided neither side in their end of season targets.
City were ruled out of the title race and have to hope Wits lose, and they secure at least a two goal win over Black Leopards, on the last day of the season, to claim the Caf Confederations Cup place.
Pirates missed the chance to move three points clear of Mamelodi Sundowns and keep the fate of the PSL title in their own hands.
McCarthy was proud of his team for going toe-to-toe with the league leaders at the Athlone Stadium.
“A great football match. It was a end-to end game. And for me it’s just amazing to see the stadiums getting filled. Because this is the kind of football fans want to see,” McCarthy told Supersport TV.
“South African football is really on the up. For me it was really business as usual. Home game, we tried to make it a fortress.”
McCarthy said his team were never going to do Pirates any favours regardless of his time at the Soweto club.
“And I said it before, for me there’s no emotions in football. My loyalty and my emotions lie with the team I’m coaching, that I give everything for.
“I sympathise with Pirates’ cause because I think they had a great season. But unfortunately they played Cape Town City at the wrong time. They had to be exceptionally better than us today.
“They got one more game to go. Anything is possible. In football you don’t know what’s going to happen,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy wouldn’t be drawn into backing Pirates in the tile race.
“Listen, they’ve got to win their last game and hope Sundowns and Wits drop points,” said the City coach.
“But for us, we want to take care of ours. For us, it was most important to give our fans a good sending-off so next season they come in more numbers. For us it was all about playing for the three points and leaving everything on the pitch for the supporters.”
City end off their season in Limpopo where the meet Black Leopards while Pirates will host Polokwane City.