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Wrexham: Phil Parkinson admits his side have 'added incentive' for Mansfield Town test

Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson looks on
Wrexham are unbeaten in their two meetings with Mansfield Town this season [Getty Images]

Phil Parkinson says Wrexham have an "added incentive" to beat Mansfield Town as they bid to remain in the League Two title hunt.

The Stags top the league standings and lead Wrexham by three points ahead of Good Friday's meeting between the sides at the Racecourse.

And Parkinson admits the contest will a have huge say in the promotion race.

"It's not a season-defining game because there are another six games to go," he said.

"But obviously when you play a top team, if you get the points, you take the points away from them as well.

"So of course it's got an added incentive to it being Mansfield who, like us have been up there for most of the season."

The fixture with Mansfield comes just shy of a year on from Wrexham's highly-anticipated clash with Notts County - a game Parkinson's men won 3-2 in dramatic fashion en route to clinching the National League title.

And Parkinson believes his side will need to show the same qualities displayed in that triumph over the Magpies when they host league leaders Mansfield.

"We go back to the Notts County game, that was a year ago, Easter wasn't it, so it's very topical," he said.

"That performance on the day, obviously everybody was fired up for the game, but there was some real concentration levels on what we needed to do to win the game.

"Out of possession we were disciplined and in possession we knew the areas we could affect Notts County's back line, and we did that really well.

"It's similar to this game in different ways, there's going to be a great atmosphere, everyone's going to really pumped up, the adrenaline's going to be pumping.

"But having that coolness in our thought process to implement what we've worked on during the week in training and take it into the game."

George Evans and Ryan Barnett have both resumed full training ahead of the clash with the Stags.