PHIL PARKINSON has guided Wrexham to back-to-back promotions but admits he didn't think his side would be celebrating going up at The Racecourse on Saturday.

The Reds went into the League Two clash against bottom of the table Forest Green Rovers knowing they'd be guaranteed a top-three finish with victory and if MK Dons and Barrow dropped points in their matches.

Parkinson just wanted his players to take care of their own business and they obliged by producing a fantastic performance to run out 6-0 winners.

Wrexham, who clinched the National League title following a record-breaking 2022-23 campaign, were able to crack open the champagne after Mansfield came from behind to beat MK Dons 4-1 and Barrow lost 3-0 at Gillingham.

Parkinson was delighted to secure automatic promotion with two games to go but he thought Wrexham would have to try and finish the job off in the penultimate fixture at Crewe Alexandra this Saturday.

"I came into the game thinking let's concentrate on what we have got to do," said the Reds' boss.

"I was not really expecting those results to both go in our favour. I think that is the best way to approach it.

"My mind was on going to Crewe next week and having to finish the job off.

"I could sense the crowd, it looked like a good day for us, but it wasn't until a couple of minutes to go I said to my son George, who is one of our analysts, 'just give me the run down', and he told me the scores.

"That was a great moment. Obviously then you know it's a done deal and I am so pleased.

"Last year we knew win and we were up; today it was win and we had to rely on other things around us but it was a great achievement for everybody connected with the club, it is not easy to get back to back promotions."

It was over by half-time with Wrexham leading 4-0 through Elliot Lee, Paul Mullin (2) and a Ryan Inniss own goal.

There was no let-up in the second half and Ryan Barnett, with a stunning volley, and Jack Marriott - on target for the first time since joining Wrexham in the January transfer window - got on the scoresheet to complete a comfortable victory which keeps the Reds second in the table.

Parkinson praised his players for stepping up to the plate when it mattered most, with Wrexham edging closer to promotion after beating Crawley 4-1 in midweek.

"I am immensely proud of the lads because if you look at the Tuesday performance and today, when it mattered most we have put in two of our best performances of the season," added Parkinson.

"Forest Green dropped into a low block and made it difficult but it was important that we showed that we had learnt from when we played them last time, and we'd improved from that, and some of the football was a very high standard.

"That is a great tribute to the lads and the staff as well.

"Sometimes games at this stage of the season become frantic and people go away from the game-plan but we stuck to what we needed to do against Crawley and then today, and it was an emphatic win for us."