QPR's Barton wins Marseille Player of the Month
He was taken aback when an interviewer said he had won the award, following Marseille's 2-1 win against second division Guingamp in the Coupe de France.
"It's always good that the fans appreciate the job you're doing but for me the most important thing is winning football matches and that's what I came here to do," he said.
"My role in the team is not to score goals, my role is to help out the team and that means defending and getting the ball and getting some of the great players that we have in our team on the ball.
"The old water-carrier role is one I wasn't really renowned for in England, although I was able to do it."