Leeds played out a 2-2 draw with Hull away from home at the KC Stadium in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Chris Wood put the Whites in the lead in the 15th minute, but Abel Hernandez and Tom Huddlestone scored in quick succession in the closing stages of the first half.
Stuart Dallas scored the equaliser for Leeds in the 88th minute, as the West Yorkshire outfit maintained their chances of a top-10 finish in the Championship.
Former Leeds striker Whelan was pleased with the performance of Steve Evans’s side and praised 22-year-old winger Jordan Botaka.
“When you look back on the game as a whole, a draw is a fair reflection,” the Englishman told BBC Sport (17:00). “Chris Wood’s penalty could have been the moment that turned the draw into a win.
“A bit of brilliance by Jordan Botaka, something we haven’t seen enough of this season, got Leeds back into it. If you can take four points off the big boys at this stage of the season, you have to be happy.”
Over the course of the 90 minutes at the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon, hosts Hull had 61% of the possession, took 21 shots of which six were on target, and earned 10 corners.
Visitors Leeds had just 39% of the possession, took five shots of which four were on target, and earned three corners.