A distinct lack of communication between the Pompey keeper and the club captain allowed Darius Vassell to grab a soft opener for City just 11 minutes into their 3-1 win on Sunday.
The duo were quick to blame each other for allowing former team-mate Benjani to steal in behind and set up the chance, but James has confirmed the pair remain close friends.
"We're always friends," he told The News.
"Sol left it, Benjani ran in behind so I had to try and deal with it. It was a bad goal to give away from a defensive point of view.
"I'll have to look at it again on the video to work out exactly what happened and who was to blame.
"But these things happen sometimes."