orm is temporary; class is permanent. A simple statement, yet one most often dug out into the footballing world when a team is on a poor run of results. Alas, exactly what County find themselves on now.
A run of four consecutive league defeats has seen Mike Flynn's men fall to 12th in the league table and where maximum points from their games in hand would once have seen them into the automatic promotion places, it would now merely see them into the final play-off spot.
Partial respite has once again been found in the cup competitions; a shoot-out victory over Brighton's academy side and a last-gasp winner from (who else?) Padraig Amond at Maldon and Tiptree has seen progression to the next stage of the FA Cup and Leasing.com Trophy respectively. But it's time for the Exiles to turn things around in League Two...and it starts on Saturday.
Stevenage travel to Rodney Parade unbeaten in four matches (three of those being draws) but have only managed a pair of league victories all season; one against a poor Grimsby Town side and the other against basement boys Morecambe. Mark Sampson's side have managed just a single goal in their last five league matches and are only outside the relegation zone (of one team) on goal difference.
So the stats suggest that County are far superior and will walk all over the visitors. And in truth, that's exactly what is required. While it's true that any victory will arrest the slide that the club is on, fans' reactions to recent performances require a convincing all-round display to truly get back on track.
How can this be achieved in the midst of injury chaos and a clear lack of confidence, I hear you ask. The answer is simple; get back to basics.
1) Stick to tried and tested formations, be it 3-4-1-2 or a straight 3-5-2 with wing-backs.
2) Stop bringing Amond deeper, he's a number nine.
3) Find feet; the passing has been shocking lately.
If this happens, County should batter Stevenage. But the main thing is that the fans remain on side. It is in recent living memory that the club didn't even exist so it is imperitive they make sure that voices are supportive of the team and not damning; dark days belong in the past. We are not Real Madrid, but fans can make sure County rise again. And they will rise again. After all, form is temporary, class is permanent.