WREXHAM were a big scalp in the non-league era and it's no different as a Football League club but Tom O'Connor says it's something the players thrive on.

The club's profile has soared since Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney completed their takeover in February 2021 and success has followed on the pitch as Phil Parkinson's men clinched the National League title last season to secure a return to the EFL following a 15 year absence.

Favourites to secure a second successive promotion, League Two highfliers Wrexham's 11-game unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday when Accrington Stanley won 2-0 at The Crown Ground.

There were wild celebrations among the Accrington players following the final whistle, showing how much it means to beat Wrexham, but O'Connor insists that is something the players have got used to and relish.

"There are no easy games in League Two, everyone is going out there to win," said the midfielder, who joined the Reds from Burton Albion in January 2022.

"But I think everyone is looking to take a scalp when they come up against Wrexham as well.

"Wrexham have been a scalp as long as I have been here.

"It was like that in the National League and it is the same this year. No disrespect to the National League but there is better opposition in League Two so it makes it a bit harder.

"Partly because of the documentary and the fanbase as well, is is a big game for whoever is playing us and they are looking to turn us over but we are used to that.

"We just have to rise up to it and enjoy it, and I think we have done that for the majority."

There were some stand-out wins away from home at the likes of Notts County and Mansfield Town during the unbeaten run.

That came to end following a poor performance against Accrington but O'Connor is looking to bounce back when Wrexham, fourth in the table and eight points behind leaders Stockport, face Morecambe at The Racecourse on Saturday.

"We had some very good results in that run but we set our standards so high," he said.

"We need to be playing well every week and since the Stockport defeat, we have been playing well and getting results.

"Hopefully we can get back to doing that on Saturday.

"It is another tough game, Morecambe are just outside the play-offs but hopefully we can make the Racecourse a fortress again, put on a good performance and get the win."

O'Connor is equally at home playing as a centre-back where he has operated in recent weeks. 

"I can play both and I don't really mind where I play," said O'Connor, who limped off at half-time on Saturday with an injury and hopes to be fit to face Morecambe and continue his run in the side.

"I have been enjoying it in defence the last few weeks, although Saturday was disappointing.

"It wasn't our best performance but hopefully we can bounce back on Saturday."