NICKY Cadden says Barnsley are ‘not worried’ about their position in the top six and added: ‘the fans need to stay with us.’

The 27-year-old left wing-back has played 43 games for the Reds this season.

Asked if the last month had been difficult mentally after the chances of the top two faded away, he told the Chronicle: “Not really.

“We stayed positive. We are a good group with good players.

“We need to stick together, even the fans need to stay with us. Hopefully we can have another day out at Wembley.

“We want to change our home form when we play Reading on Saturday.

“We want the fans to stay with us and cheer us on.”

Barnsley have taken eight points from their last eight games and the gap to sixth has reduced from ten to six points, with four fixtures left.

Cadden said: “We’re still in the driving seat. We’re not worried.

“We need to all be positive, stick with each other. We don’t like losing like the fans don’t losing. We’re hurting as well. We’re not exactly bouncing about.

“It’s been a tough period but everybody goes through a sticky patch.”

Barnsley were beaten 2-1 at both Charlton and Stevenage this week.

“We’re not getting the rub of the green. We should have had a penalty on Tuesday, and we scored an onside goal at Charlton. So if we had two points at two tough places, we would be feeling a bit more happy.

“We’ve done well this season.

“It’s the first time we’ve lost back to back games for a long time.

“We will take the positives.”

The winning goal in midweek saw Dan Butler’s free-kick go under goalkeeper Liam Roberts.

Cadden said: “Robbo probably should have saved it but he’s been brilliant this year and he won’t let that affect him.”

On the game in general, Cadden said: “It is a disappointing result. We wanted to send the fans home happy and we didn’t do that.

“We create a lot of chances.”