Cooper: We were too passive
Manager Colin Cooper felt Hartlepool showed Middlesbrough "too much respect" as the Championship side eased to a 2-0 pre-season win.
Pools offered little as an attacking threat against their north east neighbours in what was a lacklustre display.
Trialist Jonathan Greening played the full 90 minutes and was one of few positives for Cooper, who told Pools Player: "I am disappointed if I'm honest really.
"While the shape of the team was fine, I thought there were opportunities for us to put their players under a lot more pressure with some more verve and vigour.
"We were a bit too passive for my liking for a lot of the game; I don't advocate going around kicking people but there were chances to get closer to them and make their jobs more difficult.
"I'm not going to get too despondent over it though - I realise we have a lot of work to do but I just felt like we gave Middlesbrough too much respect, if that's the right word."