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Kane, Golden Boot winner at the summer's World Cup and one of the Premier League's most prolific marksmen, was reduced to just one long-range shot on Monday night - even though that did whistle just over Ederson's bar.
But overall City's miserly defence - we have conceded just three times in the league from 10 matches - kept control. In fact Tottenham have had one shot on target against City in the last 191 minutes of league football.
Stones, who has started City's last four games, said: “We’ve got to take our chance when on the pitch. With that many games, we all know we play a part in what time we get out on the field.
“From my point of view, with the clean sheets, I’ve matured with another season behind me.
“It’s great to be making partnerships – with Aymeric (Laporte), or whoever we play with. There’s lot of rotation in the squad. We have to make sure we give everything on the pitch and repay the faith to the manager.
“We know Harry [Kane]’s very clinical. We had to stop him as high up the pitch as we could. He made a lot of great runs behind and it’s never easy to give a striker a yard to get a shot off. It happened in the first half with the shot over the bar.
“Great strikers do that but tonight, how we defended, we kept him to minimal chances and regained the ball off him, setting the boys off on counter-attacks. That’s something we’d worked on in training and we executed it well tonight."
The Blues’ seventh clean sheet in eight games was also key to the win on a difficult playing surface that had been used to host an NFL game on Sunday.
In come Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero with Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus on the bench.