Jermain Defoe targets 100th Tottenham goal against AC Milan

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Jermain Defoe has set his sights on scoring his 100th Tottenham goal in Wednesday's Champions League return clash with AC Milan after ending his Barclays Premier League drought.

Defoe netted his first and second Premier League goals of the campaign during yesterday's thrilling 3-3 draw with Wolves at Molineux.

It took his top flight tally to 99 - the same number as he has managed in all competitions for Spurs.

Both goals came from stunning strikes from the edge of the box but a late header from Wolves substitute Steven Fletcher denied Spurs the victory that would have seen them climb back into fourth spot.

Defoe has been frustrated by his lack of goals in a stop-start campaign but now wants to help Spurs to finish off AC Milan after their 1-0 first leg triumph.

He said: "If I score my 100th goal for Tottenham on Wednesday night there will be a reason why.

"I say that because I always believe things happen for reason but it would be nice to do it.

"It's been a long while since I scored my last Premier League goal. More than anything, it has been frustrating.

"As a forward when you are scoring goals, you are full of confidence and buzzing about. When you are not scoring your game changes, you start snatching at things or take an extra touch because you want to be so precise.

"But I've always tried to get into the right positions to score and I'll never stop doing that and it was good to get the two at Wolves."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits defender Alan Hutton was fortunate not to be sent off. Hutton appeared to deny Nenad Milijas a clear goal-scoring opportunity when he pulled him back inside the box at the end of the first half.

Referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty but chose to only to yellow card Hutton before Kevin Doyle scored from the spot.

Redknapp said: "I haven't looked at the video. But, if he (Hutton) pulled his arm, it must be a clear goalscoring opportunity.

"He is very lucky not to get sent off then."

Wolves were also aggrieved to have a Richard Stearman effort ruled out for a foul on Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes.

But Redknapp claimed: "I thought that was a foul. He was looking at Gomes and not the ball."

A big positive for Redknapp was the return of Gareth Bale who has been side-lined for six weeks with a back problem.

He is in line to start against Milan if he suffers no response to a slight groin niggle.

Redknapp said: "Hopefully he'll be okay for the Milan game and he seems alright after the game.

"He just felt the pitch was a bit heavy and his groin was a bit tight."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy had not seen a re-run of the Hutton incident but admitted: "If someone gets pulled back in the box and it stops them from scoring, then it should be a red card.

"If Hutton pulled him back, it is a red card."

McCarthy also felt the Stearman effort disallowed for a challenge on Gomes should have stood.

He said: "The keeper always seems to get the benefit of the doubt. It is a poor decision."

Doyle netted twice for Wolves with Roman Pavlyuchenko grabbing Tottenham's other goal.