Many thought that Leeds would sack their manager, Jesse Marsch, last week after the home defeat to Fulham.
Instead, they chose to spare him. Or at least give him a stay of execution.
And last night at Anfield, the people who kept their manager in a job, even though his team had not won in eight league games when yesterday dawned, got their reward.
It was not just the three points that Leeds earned at Liverpool with a superb last-gasp 2-1 victory that was their reward. It was the way they earned those points.
Leeds had already done enough to earn the victory before Crysencio Summerville poked in the game-winning goal on the final play to excite the opposing fans behind the goal.
They had played with the spirit of champions, despite being one of the bottom of the league when the game started. It wasn’t limited to the three criteria, then.
It was the disorganized beauty of how they acquired it. The desire, ambition, courage, skill, and the potential they showed were what stood out, as well as their apparent hunger and need for knowledge.