Neil Critchley was pleased with how Blackpool shook off any rustiness and hit the ground running in the 4-0 victory at Southport on Saturday.
The match at Haig Avenue was the first piece of meaningful action the Seasiders had faced in 151 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Heach Coach thought there were promising signs as well as areas to improve on.
“I think it was a good workout for the lads and it was good to finally get back at it,” he said.
“There was a bit of rustiness at the start, which is to be expected after such a long lay off, but I saw some areas that looked good.
“There’s a new group of players and we’re trying to implement a new style of play. This will take time to build, but I was pleased with the overall aspect of the game.”
Two of the new lads got on the scoresheet in their first appearance in tangerine, with Jerry Yates and Keshi Anderson finding the back of the net, and Critchley was pleased to see them hit the ground running.
“I thought they showed what they were about,” he said.
“I think they brought some real life into the attacking third of the pitch and did themselves proud. It’s nice for the two of them to find the back of the net so early on in their careers here and long may that continue.”