Barton Dedicates His Goal!
"Once the referee pointed to the spot, I really fancied it - although I know a lot of the other players did as well.
"It was never an issue. I am always one to step up to the plate.
"One thing that can never be levelled at me is that I have lacked courage.
"Through my own stupidity, I have had to come back from things, and that has shaped me for what I have got to do."
Barton, who was named man of the match by the sponsors, said: "Perhaps I got the award because I picked up a bit of the sentimental vote.
"But individual awards and club plaudits are not really for me.
"It is more important that Newcastle United get the success it deserves and craves, and if we win 2-1 and I don't score or get the man of the match award, I would take that every time."