Walsall goalkeeper Andy Oakes has warned his teammates there is still a lot of hard work to be done if they are to avoid the drop, despite moving out of the relegation zone, writes Brian Dick.

Oakes was the star as Walsall secured a encouraging 0-0 draw at League One leaders Southend United last Saturday, in new manager Kevan Broadhurst's first game in charge, and moved two places up the table in the process.

But despite avoiding defeat for just the second time in four away matches, Oakes believes the relegation picture could extend as far up the table to sixth or seventh place and so Walsall need to remain vigilant to stay in the division.

"You look at the league table and any team up until the play-off places can be dragged back down into the relegation fight," Oakes said.

"We've got to make sure that we get ourselves up the league and if we can keep up the level of organisation and determination we showed at South-end, then I see no reason why we can't do that."

He also happy to put in one his best performances for many weeks as he pulled off a string of vital saves to keep Steve Tilson's title-chasing side at bay.

"Everybody expected us to lose against the league leaders but we dug in and were well worth a point," he added.

"I was happy with the clean sheet and I was able to make a few saves, which was pleasing.

"As a keeper that's what you're there to do and when you're down near the bottom, it's about the team and not individuals. That's how it's got to be between now and May."

Meanwhile, teenage defender Lee Vaughan has left the club and signed for Uni-Bond Premier side AFC Tel-ford United after failing to make the breakthrough at Bescot Stadium.