Carragher was judging his glass as half-full, insisting that victory over City this weekend would put the draw in London in a completely different context.
"It's one of those difficult ones because before the game you'd accept it; after an hour, you'd be disappointed," Carragher reflected to Sky Sports.
"I always think when you get a draw it depends on how you get on in your next game.
"If we win there, it's a great four points. If we lose, it's only one point out of six. We've got to pick something up at City."