NICKY Cadden hopes his goal in midweek shows what he can add to the Barnsley team having been left out for the previous two games.

The 27-year-old Scotsman had been the Reds’ first choice left wing-back before being benched for loanee Owen Dodgson.

But Cadden returned to the 11 on Tuesday and opened the scoring in a 4-0 win at Cambridge United.

Cadden told the Chronicle: “It’s the gaffer’s decision and I need to respect it. You play a lot of games down here. If he wants to rotate, it’s up to him. I want to play as many minutes as possible. But we need to make sure the team is fresh so we can push for promotion.”

Cadden added: “That’s football. Sometimes you are in, sometimes you are out. I can only do what I can do on the pitch. I am happy with my performance.

“I have been in football a long time.

“I know someone always wants your shirt. If I keep performing like that, I will do well.”

On his goal, Cadden said: “I made the run but I didn’t know if Corey (O’Keeffe) had seen me. It was a good ball, thankfully I took a good touch. I smashed it across the goalkeeper and it went in.”

Cadden joked: “It was four different goal-scorers and D (Devante Cole) never got one so he will be fuming.

“We took on the gaffer’s message from Saturday to be more clinical.”

The Reds are fourth in the table after 11 games. Cadden said: “I think we’ve done well. We just need to work on our home form. But overall we can be pleased. There are a few things we know we need to work on.”

Cadden praised centre-back Mael de Givegney who scored in midweek.

“He’s done well. Sometimes you need a break. It’s unlucky for Kacper (Lopata), with his injury. But you can see in training how good Mael is, and he’s shown that in games.”

After the trip to Cambridge in midweek, the Reds are now due to visit Exeter City tomorrow.

“It’s the furthest away we can go.

“It’s part and parcel of being down here. We will prepare as we do, make the long trip on Friday and hopefully get a good result for the fans.”