Chelsea draw sent Shrewsbury's Mickey Demetriou 'crazy'

Cameron Gayle (left) and Mickey Demetriou celebrate Shrewsbury's League Cup winner with scorer James Collins
Cameron Gayle (left) and Mickey Demetriou celebrate Shrewsbury's League Cup winner against Norwich with scorer James Collins

Shrewsbury Town defender Mickey Demetriou admits he is "crazy" with excitement at the prospect of meeting boyhood heroes Chelsea in the Capital One Cup fourth round on 28 October.

Demetriou's delirious reaction to the tie, which has been selected for live television coverage, was filmed by his partner on her mobile phone.

"It was a crazy five minutes. I didn't really know what to do," he said.

"The missus was secretly filming it in case something like this happened."

Demetriou's unlikely path to league football
After failing to make the grade with any Football League club, Demetriou was picked up by the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain.
He then joined local club Eastbourne Borough before being signed by Kidderminster Harriers boss Steve Burr in the summer of 2011.
After three years at the Harriers, during which he was capped at England C level, he was one of 17 summer signings for Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon.

But Demetriou admits that the end result of his response to Wednesday's draw is very amusing.

"It scared the life out of the dogs," he continued. "But when I saw the video I couldn't stop laughing.

"It's a dream come true really. I've been supporting Chelsea for the past 15, 16, 17 years. This was the sixth draw I've been in when I had the chance to play Chelsea and it's finally come around."

This is the second successive season that Demetriou has featured in a fourth-round draw, having been part of the Kidderminster Harriers team who reached the same stage in the FA Cup earlier this year.

It was his form for the Harriers over the past three years that earned the 24-year-old his chance at Shrewsbury, but he knows that, with such competition for places, he is not a fixture in the side.

And, having been recalled on Tuesday night to play a key role in the 1-0 third round win over Norwich City, the left-back is determined to keep his place for the visit of Jose Mourinho's Premier League leaders.

"I just hope I can stay in the team and make sure I'm on the pitch for that game," he told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"If Didier Drogba is playing, that would be nice. But I'd be playing against the team I supported as a boy, so I'd be happy to try and mark anyone."

Mickey Demetriou was talking to BBC Radio Shropshire sports editor James Bond.

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