ROB MCELHENNEY praised the players for rising to the occasion as Wrexham took a huge step towards clinching the National League title.

Phil Parkinson's side won 3-2 against automatic promotion rivals Notts County in an epic encounter at The Racecourse in front of nearly 10,000 supporters.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, the Reds turned things around to lead 2-1 in the second half thanks to top scorer Paul Mullin's 44th goal of the season and Jacob Mendy's strike.

The Magpies levelled before Elliot Lee put Wrexham ahead but Luke Williams' men had a chance to equalise with virtually the last kick of the game.

However, substitute Cedwyn Scott's penalty deep into stoppage time was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Victory leaves Wrexham three points ahead of County with a game in hand and McElhenney, who was present at the match along with co-chairman Ryan Reynolds, was elated following the final whistle.

"It's really indicative of Phil's character and the work that he's put in that he is so professional and calm right now because that was the most exciting sporting event, I think, that 10,000 people have ever seen," said McElhenney.

"And that's not including the millions of people that are watching it from home.

"I can barely speak as I lost my voice!

"It was absolutely stunning, thrilling, fantastic.

"Everybody stepped up and it was an incredible game-plan."

Wrexham have four games remaining in the quest to secure a return to the Football League following a 15 year absence but McElhenney, best known for his role in comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, knows there is still work to be done.

"It is a step in the right direction," he added.

Parkinson was also keeping his feet on the ground despite Wrexham securing a massive win against title rivals County.

"I am absolutely ecstatic with the performance," said Parkinson.

"We turned up when it mattered most which is great.

"It was a terrific game of football and if we do get over the line we will celebrate and you will see us get carried away but today is not the day for that."