PHIL PARKINSON was delighted with Wrexham's response to a first defeat of the season but he wants his side to kill teams off when on top in matches.

The Reds, beaten 3-1 at Grimsby Town in midweek, bounced back by beating National League leaders Dagenham and Redbridge 1-0 at The Racecourse on Saturday.

Paul Mullin's spectacular early strike proved to be the difference, with the striker scoring eight minutes into a first half dominated by Wrexham.

Dagenham came much more into the game after the break and a host of good chances went begging as they put Wrexham under increased pressure but they failed to get an equaliser.

Parkinson hailed his side's resolute defending and their excellent performance in the opening 45 minutes.

"I am very pleased with the win," said Parkinson. "I thought the first half was probably as good as we have played.

"We have got to kill teams off in those periods when we are so dominant - we have only got the one goal.

"But some of the football we played, we mixed it up better than we did on Tuesday; we threatened the opposition back three, we gave better service to our front players and when we did that, they looked like they were going to produce.

"Obviously second half Dagenham came into it, they are a good side and a team which gets better in the second half of the game.

"We had to dig deep again and I am so pleased with the victory."

Wrexham failed to add to Mullin's third goal of the campaign despite being well on top in the opening period but Parkinson believes it is only a matter of time before the Reds hit the net more often.

"We have had balls slashed against the six yard box, loads of corners and loads of chances, but that will come," said Parkinson.

"I am absolutely convinced about that.

"We have got players who can attack the ball in those situations so we take a lot of heart from the game.

"You have got to respond when you lose, you can't feel sorry for yourself in football.

"It is us against the world, it has got to be that siege mentality and I felt we showed that."

Parkinson was delighted with the response to losing against Grimsby and he feels there is still a lot more to come from Wrexham.

"We were hurting after Tuesday and I'm glad we were hurting because we are in this business to win and we all want to win together," said Parkinson, whose seventh placed side make the trip to Stockport County on Saturday.

"But the reaction on the training pitch and the togetherness has been excellent and the answers were given with how we would respond straight from the first whistle.

"It is great to beat the top of the league and we will get better.

"There are still elements of the team which I am visualising when we were putting this squad together which aren't quite how we want them, but as the season progresses will get better."