BURY midfielder John O’Sullivan has vowed to avenge the derby defeat to Rochdale by clinching all three points against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The Blackburn loanee also apologised to the Shakers supporters following the 3-0 defeat against his former club.

Having spent the earlier part of the season at Dale, O’Sullivan compared them to his current club, and despite the defeat, he claims that Bury are still in a better position overall.

“I’ve been to Rochdale and I’m at Bury now. Bury is, for me, a much bigger and probably a better club,” O’Sullivan told the Bury Times.

“The standard of play is much better, I know that didn’t show on Saturday but for me I think that was just an off derby game.

“I’m sorry, obviously, to the fans, we let you down.

“I was disappointed personally because going back to Rochdale, it’s a derby game which I really wanted to win and I think losing like that is just not acceptable but we will put it right on Saturday.

“We are disappointed to let the fans down. We have to move on and get a few more wins and push up the table. There are still 10 games left.”

Since linking up with David Flitcroft’s side in January the 22-year-old has gone on to make 10 appearances, of which half have come from the bench.

But as O’Sullivan bids for his third successive starting spot, he says that the much-feared Shakers will be back in full flow against the Shrews.

“If you come and watch us at home we look like a totally different side,” O’Sullivan added. “I think if we get the away form right, with our home form then we should be up there challenging.

“Teams are looking at us at home and thinking ‘we don’t want to go and play them, they are a totally different side – they’ll beat anyone them’.

“When I came in I said to all the lads the standard here is just as good as the standard at Blackburn.

“The facilities are top drawer. Even the players, when you come and watch us at home, the standard of play is up, and even the standard of training is high.

“We have a really competitive squad, there’s always players coming in and out who are as good as each other.”

The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international has yet to register his first goal for the Shakers, but claims there is still more to come as he bids to light up League One.

O’Sullivan said: “When I first came in I spoke to the gaffer and said it’s going to take me time to get back to my best.

“I have been nowhere near as good as I can be here.

“I want to show everyone what I can do and when I am on form and on top I think I can be really good in this league.”