Bruce was angered by suggestions he had "lost the plot" and taken City as far as he could after a return of one point from the opening three games of the campaign.
The former Manchester United defender told PA Sport: "People forget the four years hard work you´ve put in to get where we are today. People forget where we were four years ago. We didn´t even have an international player then. Now we´ve got a dozen or more. To hear things that have been written and said is nonsense."
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