IT'S crunch time in the race for automatic promotion but Tom O'Connor is thriving on the pressure.

Wrexham go into tonight's game against in-form Doncaster Rovers at The Eco-Power Stadium sitting third in the League Two table.

The Reds have six games remaining in the quest for a second successive promotion but it's tight at the top with Stockport County, Mansfield Town, MK Dons, Barrow and Crewe Alexandra challenging for a top-three finish.

O'Connor, who helped Wrexham clinch the National League title following a record-breaking 2022-23 campaign, is relishing being involved in a thrilling promotion race.

"It would be good if we can make it three wins in a row but we know it won't be easy, Doncaster are a good side," said O'Connor.

"There are six games left now so we know it is coming to the crunch time.

"It is nice to play in these games. Pressure is a nice thing.

"There are five or six teams who could get into the automatic promotion places so when you play against each other, they are big games.

"It is tight up there so it is going to be an exciting finish to the season. Hopefully we can finish in the top three."

Wrexham head to Doncaster on the back of a 2-0 win against Mansfield Town in Friday's top of the table clash at The Racecourse.

Paul Mullin scored either side of the break as the Reds sealed victory to move onto the same points tally as the Stags.

"We knew it was was a big game coming into it," said O'Connor. "They were top of the table so we knew it would be a tough test.

"I thought we were the better team, especially second half.

"Mansfield had a bit of the ball in the first half but didn't create too many chances.

"We stuck to our task and deserved the win.

"It was a big win. If we had lost it would have put Mansfield six points clear of us so it drags them back into it."

O'Connor missed 12 games due to a minor foot fracture but since returning as a late substitute in the 1-0 derby defeat to Tranmere on March 16,  he has started the last two matches and helped Wrexham beat Grimsby 3-1 before clinching another win against Mansfield.

But despite being back in the side, the 24-year-old refuses to rest on his laurels.

"It is frustrating when you are out and having to watch the lads play," said O'Connor.

"Everyone wants to play and I have had back-to-back 90 minutes now so I can't complain.

"Lads not even on the bench could step in and do a job for us so you have to be playing well if you want to keep your place in the team.

"We have known that for a long time now but it is definitely a good thing."