BOBBY GRANT insists Wrexham remain in a great position and cannot be ruled out of title contention after losing their top of the table clash against Leyton Orient.

The Reds were replaced at the summit by Orient who won 1-0 at Brisbane Road with Marvin Ekpiteta's 72nd minute deflected goal the difference between the sides.

Justin Edinburgh's side are one point ahead of Wrexham and also have a game in hand, while Solihull Moors, AFC Fylde and Salford City are also in the hunt for automatic promotion.

Wrexham have nine games left, with five at home, and Grant says there is still a lot to play for.

"It is a difficult one to take for the simple reason the goal took about four deflections," said Grant.

"Youngy has actually cleared the ball and it hit Rutherford, and I think it hit someone else before it bounced to him.

"As he hit the shot it took another deflection and gone in but that is the luck you need.

"In a game like this it was either going to take a bit of magic or a scruffy goal to win and credit to Orient, they got that scruffy goal.

"But we are not too down about it. There are nine games to go and we are still in a great position.

"Five home games out of these next nine and that is going to be key, your home games are crucial.

"If we can capitalise on our home games we will see where it takes us at the end of the season.

"There will be a lot of twists and turns, hopefully we will be in the mix come the end."

Orient might have seized the initiative but Grants believes the O's players' celebrations following the final whistle were over the top.

"We will see who is laughing and joking at the end of the season," said Grant. "Whether it is us or whether it is them.

"Nothing is won today.

"These guys celebrated like that when they played us the first time this season, it is incredible.

"That is the mentality they have got, we have got a different mentality and we will be back at work today and we will be giving it everything we have got."

Nearly 1,000 travelling supporters saw Wrexham's six game unbeaten run come to an end as the Reds suffered a first defeat under manager Bryan Hughes, and Grant praised fans for their backing.

"We have got a great group of players with great character," said Grant, who made his comeback from injury as an early substitute for Brad Walker.

"The fans were absolutely outstanding, I can't thank them enough for their support.

"They are going to be a massive factor in driving us home."

Wrexham picked up four wins and a draw since Hughes' appointment and the Reds boss insists his side can still win the title.

"There is plenty to play for," said Hughes. "I said this leading up to the Orient game.

"Everyone was saying it was a decider, I don't feel that now even though we have lost.

"There are loads of games and football still to be played, there are loads of twists and turns.

"We have got nine games left, it is going to be an exciting end and I have said that all along.

"What we have done is give ourselves a chance."

Hughes is looking for Wrexham to bounce back with three points in tomorrow's home game against Barrow.

"It is not a nice feeling to lose games but I am not daft enough to think that we are going to win every single game," added Hughes.

"I knew that we would lose a game. Obviously disappointed that we lost to Orient but it is a chance for us to bounce back now.

"That is the beauty of football, you can bounce back quickly and we have got another game to prepare for on Tuesday."