PHIL PARKINSON got the fast start he wanted against Morecambe and he praised his "ruthless" players for showing no let-up as Wrexham registered their biggest League Two victory of the season.

The Reds bounced back from the 2-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley the previous week, which ended the 11-game unbeaten run, by thrashing the Shrimps 6-0 at The Racecourse.

An own-goal and Paul Mullin strike put the home side two-nil up after just seven minutes and substitute Jacob Mendy also got on the scoresheet before the break.

Parkinson didn't want his players to take their foot off the gas in the second period and Mullin netted twice to complete his hat-trick, and move onto nine goals for the season, while James Jones grabbed the sixth goal deep into injury time.

It was the perfect way to respond to just a third league loss of the season and Parkinson praised his players

"Anywhere you go, when you are on your travels you expect the home team to start quick," said the Reds' boss.

"We have got to make sure we are right on the front foot from the first minute and we were. We got our rewards.

"We really caught Morecambe cold in the early exchanges.

"Was the game over then? No, because Morecambe are a dangerous team.

"We said to the lads at half-time and 3-0 up that we have got to keep the standards high, keep passing the ball, keep switching the play and finding the overloads in wide areas, and when we did that we looked a really threatening team.

"Today was about being ruthless in the way we went about our business.

"Morecambe have got dangerous players so we just reminded the lads at half-time that we had to show a ruthless edge to our play and complete the proper performance, and we did that."

Wrexham climbed up to second in the table and are now five points behind leaders Stockport who were beaten 2-1 by Newport as their 12-win run came to an end.

Mansfield, Notts County and Accrington - three other teams in the top-seven - also lost and Parkinson added: "Of course, when the top teams lose it is a bonus so we are pleased."

n Wrexham will face Burton Albion at The Racecourse in the second round of the EFL Trophy.

Phil Parkinson's men were guaranteed a home tie after finishing top of Northern Section Group B and they will face League One outfit Burton in the week commencing Monday December 4.