Instead it fizzed with life at St Mary’s because there were so many players with plenty to play for.
Southampton’ Danny Ings knows time is running out if he is to make England’s Euro 2020 finals squad after an injury-hit season, so his two goals were a timely reminder to Gareth Southgate.
Che Adams wants to make his mark on the Scotland squad, so his eighth goal of the season (right) was important for him. And Christian Benteke, who gave Crystal Palace an early lead, is a man playing for a new contract.
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