New Magpies boss eyeing Pompey joy

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Notts County boss Mark Cooper limbered up for his Fratton Park debut by promising entertaining football.

The former Swindon Town manager replaced Jamie Fullarton on Sunday with the Magpies struggling in 19th.

They have gone seven games without a win and at the weekend lost 4-1 at home to Exeter City.

Cooper’s first match in charge will be against a Pompey side eager to kickstart a spluttering challenge for automatic promotion.

He has been appointed as Meadow Lane boss until the end of the season, with a view to a longer deal if he can hit a points target.

And Cooper wants a swift impact on Good Friday (3pm) against the Blues.

He told the Nottingham Post: ‘I’m just going to try to bring a bit of stability, a bit of unity to the place and try to put a few smiles on faces.

‘The first thing is we try to take the reins off the players a little bit, we try to attack, try to entertain people and get people off their seats.

‘If you can get players playing with a smile on their face, I’m a big believer it gives you more of a chance.

‘I certainly like to play entertaining football and score goals and have a go at the opposition rather than setting up not to get beat.’

County inflicted a first away defeat in League Two on Pompey back in October.

Caolan Lavery netted a maiden goal for Cook’s men, yet they fell to a 2-1 loss.

And Cooper is looking for a strong final 10 matches to earn himself a longer deal.

He added: ‘It’s for both parties really; we get to have a look at each other.

‘I can have a look at Notts and they can have a look at me and at the end of the season if we’ve done alright and we both want to go forward then I don’t see any reason why not.’