Wycombe’s season is staggering from bad to worse and with the fans growing increasingly angry and frustrated, they desperately need a win when Shrewsbury Town visit Adams Park on Saturday, December 9.

Another insipid display saw the Chairboys turfed out of the FA Cup against Morecambe last week, and their league form has been a cause for concern for the past couple of months.

Wanderers have won only one of their last nine games in League One - a run that includes five defeats - for a meagre haul of just six points from the last 27 available.

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Their home form has been particularly disappointing this season with only three wins from nine league games at Adams Park, a ground once considered a fortress but now with the drawbridge down and the gates wide open.

Manager Matt Bloomfield has been unlucky with injuries to key players, but he has admitted that he has enough talent in his squad for results to have been much better.

The rumblings of discontent in the stands and on the terrace will grow even louder if they fail to take three points on Saturday against a club that historically the fans would expect them to beat.

Since they joined the Football League 30 years ago, Wanderers have enjoyed a remarkable record of success against Shrewsbury.

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In twenty-nine previous meetings in the league, they have won 11, drawn 14 and lost only four. 

However, those four defeats all came in the last four years.

The Shropshire club won both encounters last season, a 2-1 victory at Adams Park in August 2022, and a 1-0 win on their ground in February this year.

Before those defeats, Wanderers had lost only one of the previous 25 league games against Saturday’s opponents, who have won at Adams Park only twice in 15 previous visits in the league.

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Fixtures between the two clubs have generally been low-scoring affairs, except for a remarkable 7-0 victory for Shrewsbury at Adams Park in an EFL Trophy tie in 2008.

Shrewsbury striker Grant Holt scored five goals in what remains Wycombe’s biggest margin of defeat in any competition since they joined the professional ranks.