PHIL PARKINSON hailed the quality performance that enabled Wrexham to secure their biggest win of the season in the re-arranged clash with strugglers Aldershot Town.

The Reds were well in control and leading 2-0 when the original fixture on October 2 was abandoned after 52 minutes because of a waterlogged pitch at The Recreation Ground.

But Wrexham picked up where they left off on their return to Hampshire as Parkinson’s men triumphed 5-0 to climb up to ninth in the National League.

A strong finish to the first half saw centre-backs Aaron Hayden and Harry Lennon put the Reds two-nil up and Reece Hall-Johnson, Jordan Ponticelli and Jordan Davies struck after the interval to complete a good night’s work.

“We got good control in the game with the ball. I think that was really important,” said Parkinson.

“We spoke about that a lot with the lads leading up to the game that we need to keep the ball.

“We knew out of possession they could be loose and we made them look that way because of our quality in possession and that was the key.

“We were patient with the ball and I thought we did that really well. It is a terrific night for us.”

But goals win games and Parkinson was pleased with the variety of strikes from his side.

“We scored all types of goals and that is the way I envisaged the team being,” said Parkinson.

“Set-play goals but also some of the goals we scored second half - the Reece one and JP’s goal - are great team goals.

“I am so pleased with them as well.”

The one disappointment was seeing Rob Lainton sustain another head injury.

The goalkeeper was left grounded in the first half after going to claim the ball under the challenge of Corey Andrews, who was shown a yellow card.

Although Lainton continued following an extended stoppage, he was replaced by Christian Dibble at the break as a pre-caution and will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s trip to lowly King’s Lynn.

“I will have to look at it again but I thought it was a bad challenge at the time,” said Parkinson.

“The referee has booked him but it is another one where Rob, we know he is a brave goalkeeper, has got injured again and the doctor was worried about him being concussed at half-time.

“We had to bring him off and fortunately for us we have got an outstanding goalkeeper in Christian who has come on and made some good saves.

“He was unlucky to come out of the team prior to the Torquay game but I am really pleased with him and he is a great lad when he is out of the team; he is always the first one in the dressing room wishing the lads all the best.”

Return to play protocols could keep Lainton out of this weekend’s game with Parkinson adding: “We need to assess him quickly because it is a bit of a concern.

“Until we get the doctors to look at him, we won’t know the extent of that.”