Leeds United “had a go” and then some at Fulham and with Steve Evans’ lowest benchmark reached, his night’s sleep deserved to be sound.
Much about Leeds keeps the club’s employees awake and Evans learned early on at Craven Cottage why Cellino was looking around for a new head coach last weekend but his debut in the dug-out lacked only a winning goal.
Evans’ players warmed to his input quickly and so, in the end, did a raucous away crowd.
Leeds had bite about them and more tempo than the football which Uwe Rosler served up and Cellino rejected after 12 games.
There was potency up front with two strikers and the help of a tepid Fulham team who did not like United’s persistence.
But news of defensive frailty at Leeds has not been exaggerated and the club paid for it early on.