Mirco Antenucci scored twice as Leeds United ended their five-game winless Championship run with victory over strugglers Bolton Wanderers.
Antenucci put Leeds in front when he latched on to Mustapha Carayol’s corner and struck past keeper Paul Rachubka.
The hosts doubled their advantage when Antenucci curled into the far corner after his initial cross was blocked.
Substitute Kaiyne Woolery gave Bolton hope when he fired in Dean Moxey’s cross but Leeds held on to win.
The result, Leeds’ first league win since their 1-0 victory against Bristol City in January, eased the pressure on under-fire head coach Steve Evans as his side move up two places to 16th in the Championship.
Meanwhile, Bolton’s relegation worries deepen as they drop to the bottom of the league once more and are now 10 points adrift of safety following MK Dons’ 2-0 win against QPR with 11 games left to play.
Prior to kick off, a Leeds fans’ group named “Time To Go Massimo” held a mock funeral outside Elland Road to mark “the death of the club” as a protest towards Cellino.
A single-engine plane then flew over the ground, half an hour before the match started, with a banner displaying the message “Time To Go Massimo”.
Both sides suffered early injuries with Bolton losing Emile Heskey in the warm up whilst Leeds lost Lewie Coyle after 22 minutes when he came off worse following a challenge for the ball with Jay Spearing.
Leeds boss Steve Evans when asked if the protests had proved a distraction: “No, none of it. We have to keep our focus on the grass.
“At the team meeting at the hotel I said to the players whatever happens we can’t affect it. It’s not our business.
“Our business is to turn up as professional footballers, professional coaching staff and medical staff and support the team on the pitch and get three points. We know if we get the three points we send the Leeds United family home ready to enjoy their Saturday night. “
Bolton manager Neil Lennon: “It’s been a problem for us all season, we’ve lacked quality in the final third and that was apparent here.
“For all our good approach play we weren’t clinical enough. We had Leeds on the back foot for the last 20 minutes.
“They had one shot in the second half and it goes in the back of the net. Strikers cost money and we’ve not got a lot of that this season.”