Justin Edinburgh said he was “exhausted” after Leyton Orient played out a 0-0 draw with Solihull Moors to close in on the National League title.

The O’s now just need to avoid defeat in their final game against Braintree on Saturday to secure the title, and even then a loss might do the job if Salford City fail to pick up maximum points, as they did today in a 1-0 loss to AFC Fylde.

When asked how he felt after the game, Edinburgh said: “Exhausted. I didn’t enjoy the game to be honest. It was enduring, it was tough. We had to battle away but credit to the players, I thought they came out fighting and delivered a point that could be a crucial one.

“We said that we’d be focussed on what we can control so we only knew [about the Salford result] right at the end when the fans let us know. It was a big result and it sets us up but we’ve still got to keep our eye on the prize. We’re going to play an in-form team again in Braintree but we’ve given ourselves a great opportunity. I’m delighted for the supporters and everyone connected with the football club. It’s been hard work.”

Just one game remains in the National League season, with Orient at the top by three points following the Easter Monday results. As well, the O’s have a more positive goal difference that their closest challengers, but Edinburgh insists his side are remaining focussed on the job at hand.

He said: “We can’t take our eye off it. We have to be focussed because we know anything can happen in football. We’ve got a job to do and we’ll be totally focussed on doing it.

“It was very difficult today, certainly after Friday’s game where it was a 2-0 scoreline but we had to go right to the end and we were asked questions by another good team in Harrogate but the boys were relentless and they have been all season. They had to show a real physical side today and I thought they showed that in abundance.”

While the O’s were unable to find the net at one end, they will be thankful to goalkeeper Dean Brill at the other end who produced a number of top saves, most notably when he tipped Jamey Osborne’s free-kick behind.

One of Edinburgh’s first decisions as Orient manager was to instil Brill as the number one keeper, with the first game incidentally being away at Solihull, and Edinburgh was happy that his decision paid off.

He said: “He’s been fantastic. We spoke about it before the game. He’s transformed his body as well, so we had a laugh about that. He’s been outstanding and when he’s been called upon, he’s been so reliable for us.

“Again, today when we needed him, it was a great save in the first half and one there in the second half. Make no doubts about it, Solihull are a good team. They asked questions and the boys found the answers.”