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What's the story? Wycombe vs Shrewsbury

Charlie Coleman digs out the storylines ahead of the game at Adams Park.

23 November 2018

Fred Onyedinma takes on the Shrews in March 2015

It's a first meeting of the Blues and the Shrews since the 2014/15 season... Charlie Coleman takes a look at the key storylines.

Five gold wins?
The Chairboys have won their last four home league games and will be hoping to make it five against Shrewsbury. The run stretches back to early October where Gareth Ainsworth’s side defeated Burton Albion 2-1 before a 3-2 victory with ten men over Scunthorpe, a 3-0 win over Rochdale and an impressive 1-0 victory over high-flying Peterborough has begun to turn Adams Park into a fortress.

Similar places, familiar faces
Just one point separates Wycombe and Shrewsbury who currently sit in 15th and 16th position respectively. There are also a number of players who could feature against their former side with Adam El-Abd and Joe Jacobson of Wycombe and Anthony Grant, Josh Laurent, Aaron Holloway and Lee Angol of Shrewsbury all having been on the books of their opponent previously in their careers.

Twenty is plenty...
Unbelievably, Shrewsbury have not beaten Wycombe in the league in their last 20 attempts home or away. This record dates back to January 1994 when the Shrews last beat Wycombe in the league by one goal to nil but their most recent win over Wanderers was a 7-0 thrashing in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2008, which saw former Norwich striker Grant Holt score five of the seven.

Who needs a manager anyway?
Having parted company with manager John Askey after a 1-1 draw at home to National League Salford City in the FA Cup, Shrewsbury have now won all of their last three games without a manager. The club are looking for a replacement but, with a 100% record under goalkeeper coach Danny Coyne who has temporarily taken charge, it doesn’t look as though the Shropshire side need to rush into a decision anytime soon.

A year is a long time in football
After 18 games so far this season, Shrewsbury sit in 16th on 21 points, but after exactly the same number of games played last season they were 1st with 40 points, nearly double the amount. Wycombe, meanwhile, were sitting just outside the play-off places on 30 points in League Two.

The landmark of Paris
Wycombe attacker Paris Cowan-Hall could make his 150th appearance in a Wanderers shirt in his third spell at the club on Saturday. The Chairboys’ No.12 first joined the side in 2013 where he impressed sufficiently during an 18-month spell to earn a move to Millwall. He returned on loan to Wycombe in 2016 and re-signed for the club a year later in February with a contract that will see him at the club until 2019.

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