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Match preview: Wycombe Wanderers (H)

28 September 2021

Match Previews

Match preview: Wycombe Wanderers (H)

28 September 2021

Take a look at all the stats and facts ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One fixture with Wycombe Wanderers.

Shrewsbury Town continue their Sky Bet League One campaign with Tuesday night’s fixture against Wycombe Wanderers, welcoming Gareth Ainsworth’s side under the lights of the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

The Chairboys re-joined League One this season following a year in the second tier, Gareth Ainsworth’s side finishing a point shy of safety last season. His side currently sit in sixth and have enjoyed a solid start to the league season, with four wins so far showing clear signs of intent to reclaim a spot in the Championship. However more recently, the Chairboys were at the losing end of their League Cup tie against Manchester City, and in the league against MK Dons, handing them their second loss of the league season so far – the first coming against Sunderland. But despite a difficult fixture run, the Chairboys have passed through quite comfortably, and to have only lost against the sides at the top end of the table.

But if the past two performances from Steve Cotterill’s side are anything to go off, this evening could make for a tough test for both teams – his Salop side recently impressing against Sheffield Wednesday and AFC Wimbledon, the latter giving the Town their second win of the season. With Salop beginning to turn a corner this season, a win on Tuesday could give Salop all the motivation they need to truly kick on and bounce back from their poor start.

Name: Wycombe Wanderers

Founded: 1887 (134 years ago)

Chairman/Owner: Rob Couhig

Biggest Win: 5-0 vs Burnley, Division Two, 15th April 1997

Biggest Defeat: 0-7 vs. Shrewsbury Town, Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Section 2nd Round, 7th October 2008.

Highest League Finish: 22nd, Sky Bet Championship, 2020/21

One to watch: Garath McCleary

Joining before the Chairboys' first season in the second tier, McCleary is one of the more experienced players in the Wycombe ranks, one who has seemed to be at the centre of everything attacking wise this season – with four goals in seven starts so far.

Beginning his career with Oxford City, McCleary rose through non-league before joining Nottingham Forest in 2008 after impressing during his spell as a trialist. McCleary went on to make 123 appearances for the Reds – scoring 13 – before leaving in 2012 for Reading, where he’d enjoy the most successful spell in his career.

McCleary arrived at the Madjeski and soon began to prove his worth, establishing himself as a first-team regular near enough from the get-go. During his time with the Royals, McCleary earned his first international call-up, representing Jamaica in 2013; the midfielder since going on to make a further 23 appearances for the Reggae Boyz. An eight-year spell ended in 2020, with McCleary scoring 27 and assisting 46 during his time playing in Berkshire. Since arriving at Adams Park, McCleary has really impressed – especially this season – and will offer a lot for Gareth Ainsworth’s side both on and off the pitch.


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