Wycombe Wanderers moved into the top half of the League One standings for the first time this season as they ended Danny Coyne’s unbeaten record as interim Shrewsbury manager with a thoroughly deserved 3-2 win.
It’s now five league wins in a row at home for the Chairboys, the first time they’ve achieved that in the third tier since 1995. 3-2 wins are rapidly becoming Wycombe’s trademark over the last eighteen months or so, and they found another one on Saturday by coming from behind, as they did a few weeks ago against Scunthorpe before surviving a late scare to see out the win and move up to 12th in League One.
As expected, new emergency loanee David Stockdale was one of three Wanderers changes as Nathan Tyson and Nick Freeman also came in. There was no place in the matchday squad for Adebayo Akinfenwa, Matt Bloomfield or Marcus Bean. Danny Coyne named an unchanged line-up to his side that beat Salford in the FA Cup, which meant starts for Steve Arnold, Aaron Holloway and Anthony Grant against their old club as well as Adam El-Abd and Joe Jacobson on the other side.
Three of the aforementioned players managed to score in the first half, but after Fred Onyedinma fired just wide from outside the area, it was the Shrews who took an early lead. Fejiri Okenabirhie found space to cross onto the head of Aaron Holloway, who’s near post header nestled into the corner past Stockdale. Muted celebrations followed from the ex-Wycombe man, but it wasn’t long before the Chairboys equalised. A corner was cleared before Nick Freeman headed it back into Adam El-Abd, who controlled and volleyed into the corner in some style.
Nathan Tyson’s first start of the season saw him amongst most of the action, having a penalty appeal turned down before hooking over from a tight angle after a deep Jason McCarthy cross. There was a question of another deep cross going all the way in minutes later, but I’ll give Joe Jacobson the benefit of the doubt and say his curled effort after his corner came back to him was meant and if it was, what a fantastic goal to complete the trio of players scoring against their old clubs.
HALF-TIME: Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Shrewsbury Town
Wycombe continued to remain comfortable in their narrow lead with Salop rarely troubling David Stockdale if at all. In the 71st minute, Alex Samuel got his 3rd goal for the Chairboys when Nick Freeman found the Welshman inside the area and he finished very well. Freeman’s second assist of the game gives Gareth Ainsworth a selection headache going into Tuesday’s visit to Accrington, but one of Shrewsbury’s rare forays forward ended in a goal back.
Ollie Norburn won the ball back after an uncharacteristic mistake from the again brilliant Curtis Thompson, who can’t be far away from a new contract. Norburn squared it to Fejiri Okenabirhie, who finished expertly into the far corner past the dive of Stockdale. Wycombe saw out the seven added minutes relatively comfortably, managing to include Paris Cowan-Hall’s 150th Wanderers appearance in there and allowing David Stockdale to get away without a second booking for time-wasting.
FULL-TIME: Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 Shrewsbury Town