CJ Hamilton’s superb double saw the Seasiders get their league campaign up and running as Critchley’s side cruised to a comfortable and fully deserved 2-0 win against Swindon Town.
It capped off a terrific afternoon for Blackpool on and off the pitch, with 1,000 fans returning to Bloomfield Road for the first time since March as part of an EFL test event.
“I’m delighted to get that first win, it’s nice to get that three points and get off the board with a couple of goals and a clean sheet,” Critchley said.
“I think over the 90 minutes we were the deserved winners of the game.
“It was two really good goals from CJ and two different goals as well. He went on the outside for the first one and scored with his right foot and then he came back inside and scored on his left foot.
“One on one he’s hard to stop, so he’ll get the plaudits from the game but I think there were some other outstanding performances on the pitch as well.
“As a team we got better as the game went on and I think over the 90 minutes it was an excellent performance from us.
“Again, I thought in the first 10 to 15 minutes we struggled to settle a little bit and it was important we didn’t concede in that moment.
“Sometimes you need things to go for you in a game and their lad has cut inside and put one just past the post.
“I think that just settled us down, our belief started to grow and our football started to get better and we started to create chances.
“We were the dominant team within the game.”