Whelan feels he's been criticised unfairly in the media this year.
"We have taken a lot of stick, but what can we do? We are told by the manager to go out and play like this. It's not for me then to go, 'Hang on a minute, I'm not'.
"He's the manager, he's the boss and you do what he says because if you don't, you are not going to get picked."