The Tigers have bounced back well from relegation, and they look to be one of the most dangerous teams in England’s second-tier.
Steve Bruce’s side have gone unbeaten through their last 12 matches in all competitions, and they have established a slender lead at the top of the Championship.
However, Burnley midfielder Barton said: “Fair play to Hull, they’ve gone off like a scalded cat but I’d much prefer to finish like a scalded cat.
“The longer you sit at the top of the table you’re there to be shot at.
“We’ve made a solid return. We’re only just over a quarter of the way into a long hard season so from our point of view you’ve got to hit your straps at the right time. You want to hit form at the right time.”
Hull’s good form has shown no signs of relenting in recent weeks, with the Tigers scoring seven goals in their last three matches without reply.
Their nine-point haul has lifted them above unbeaten Brighton & Hove Albion, but Burnley are within touching distance of the automatic promotion spots.
The Clarets are currently just two points behind Hull, and they are protecting a strong run of results themselves.
Sean Dyche’s men have avoided defeat for seven matches, and they are proving to be very resilient.