Joey Barton says the Newcastle players had a 'monkey' on their backs all last season in the Championship . but now they can re-assess their goals. Joey Barton: "There were a lot of levellers in this division, especially for us 'pampered' Newcastle United players. We were the big club and we had a target on our backs - we had that all year. "The lads have risen to the challenge and it has been a privilege to be in this squad. "I don't think the mentality or focus has split all season. We have had aims and goals within the camp and it will just be a case of re-assessing those goals."