Barton said: "James was on it. He wanted to take it but I said to him I wanted it and I was confident I would score.
"I'm glad I did that. I really, really fancied it."
Barton, a £5.8million summer signing from Manchester City, admitted: "It was an ugly match but a win is a win. We kept a clean sheet, we're all in this together and the team spirit has never been questioned."