STEVE PARKIN admits it is difficult to stop people talking about promotion but insists the Wrexham players remain focussed on what they need to do.

The Reds edged closer to a top-three finish in League Two following Tuesday's fantastic 4-1 win against Crawley Town at The Racecourse.

Still second in the table, Wrexham need five points from their remaining three games to guarantee automatic promotion.

However, Phil Parkinson's men could finish the job off this weekend if they beat bottom of the table Forest Green Rovers at home and MK Dons and Barrow both drop points in their matches against Mansfield and Gillingham respectively.

When asked whether talk of clinching a second successive promotion is being put on hold, assistant manager Parkin said: "It is difficult to ban it because it is difficult for people not to keep mentioning it around the place, and the fans, which we understand.

"But in and around the dressing room, the lads know how hard it was last year to get promoted.

"They know what they need to do.

"We have strong belief in the group that we've got and we are prepared just to take it one game at a time, but we will be right for the weekend."

Wrexham came from behind to triumph 2-1 at relegation-threatened Colchester on Saturday and the players built on that result by producing a fantastic performance against play-off contenders Crawley, Ryan Barnett, two-goal Paul Mullin and Andy Cannon securing a thoroughly deserved victory.

There's still work to be done in the quest to secure a place in League Two but Parkin praised the players for the way they have gone about their business.

"It is a great four days work," added Parkinson's number two.

"The lads have really stepped up to the plate the last couple of weeks.

"They know there is a big prize at the end of it, the key for me now is making sure they rest and we have them ready to go at the weekend."