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Adam: I treat every game the same

Skipper says Shrews reunion carries no extra significance.

23 November 2018

Captain Adam El-Abd said that the Chairboys’ fixture against his former side Shrewsbury will be seen as ‘just another game’ when the two sides meet at Adams Park on Saturday.

Speaking at Wycombe’s training ground on Thursday morning, El-Abd said that there was ‘no bad blood’ between him and his former side where he spent a year of his career, leaving in June 2017 to join Gareth Ainsworth’s side.

“I want to win every game equally, each game is three points and I won’t be preparing any different personally because it’s an old club of mine. They treated me well when I was there so I’ve got no ill feeling or bad blood towards them so it’s just another game.”

It’s no secret that Wanderers have won their last four consecutive league games at Adams Park and El-Abd says the aim is to continue that run.

“We’re well aware we’ve won four in a row and if we’re going to have any success this year, it will be important to make Adams Park a fortress like we’re doing so long may it continue and hopefully we’ll do that on Saturday.”

The seven-time Egypt international was one of the stand-out performers last weekend in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland and believes the result sent a strong message to the rest of League One.

“It was a good performance, a really good point, albeit we were a little bit disappointed coming away with a point when we could’ve had all three. It sends the message that, if we perform to our capabilities, we can cause any team problems like we’ve proven in the past against Peterborough.

"We did it again at the Stadium of Light with Sunderland so if we perform to our capabilities we can win against any team in this league.”

“All I can say is that this is a really good group to be a part of, it’s got bags of talent, bags of character and we’ve got a great environment and a great work ethic. If you’ve got all of them ingredients, we have everything we need to achieve what we want to achieve.”

The 34-year-old has now made 498 club career appearances and could make his 500th on Tuesday night at Accrington. It’s a milestone the defender says he is proud to achieve.

“I’m very proud obviously to play 500 games but, like playing my old club Shrewsbury, 500 games at Accrington on Tuesday will be like any other game really but it’s a proud milestone to hit.”

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