IT'S amazing what two goals can do for your confidence - just ask Michael Branch.
The Chester striker hadn't scored from open play all season until his predatory brace at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday salvaged a 3-3 draw against the Football League's only unbeaten team.
Blues fans will be hoping Branch can stay in the scoring groove tonight when fifth-placed Rochdale roll into town.
The former Everton striker does not want to disappoint them and he's predicting another Saunders Honda Stadium goal-fest.
'It will be an open attacking game because that's the way we play - it's always open football,' he said. 'It's another big game for us but we don't fear anyone, especially not at home these days. We know we can go out there and score more goals than anyone.
'It doesn't surprise me with the team we've got. We can score goals for fun. It's just a matter of keeping clean sheets, which we had been doing until the Wycombe game.'
And there was more fighting talk from Branch.
When quizzed about the Blues' promotion chances, he added: 'We're definitely good enough to be there at the end of the day. From the way we've started, we haven't got anyone to fear. The way we're looking at it, we want to go straight up. We want to win the league - not be in the play-offs. We know we're good enough for the top-three at least. We want to win it.'
Branch's double at the Causeway Stadium ended a near two-month goal drought stretching back his penalty kick in the 2-2 draw with Lincoln City on August 9.
Amazingly, the 26-year-old almost registered the first hat-trick of his senior career against Wycombe, but his injury-time chip came back off the crossbar.
A first-half effort also grazed the woodwork, leaving Branch wondering how he didn't come away from Buckinghamshire with four goals to his name.
'We knew there was going to be goals in the game,' he said. 'They score a lot of goals and so do we. We just thought we'd score more than them.
'It's good to get on the scoresheet twice but the most important thing was coming away with a point. I scored two at Wycombe last season and we came away with nothing.'
Of his injury-time near miss, Branch added: 'I thought it was in to be honest. I thought I'd beaten the keeper, but never mind. We'd have taken one point before the game.
'It was a big test for us. We knew it was going to be a big test because they were flying.
'We held our own and at the end of the day I think they were lucky to get a point.'
Branch was surprisingly handed the Chester captaincy following Paul Carden's summer exit, and he admits he's taking the job in his stride.
'I'm loving it,' he said. 'The gaffer says I've done well so far. 'We haven't it many lows yet so, that'll be the test.' nChester have received confirmation of the admission prices for the LDV Vans Trophy first round tie at Cambridge United on Tuesday, October 18.
City fans will be housed in the South Stand and admission is £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for Under 16s.
Keith Curle has promised to field a strong side against the Nationwide Conference outfit.