By Alex Stevens
Leeds rounded off their season with a 1-1 draw at Preston to secure a 13th-placed Championship finish.
A second-half Chris Wood penalty had given the visitors hopes of ending their campaign with a notable win.
But Preston took advantage of a terrible Scott Wootton mistake in added time to score the equaliser through Jordan Hugill.
The Leeds substitute lost the ball close to his own goal and the home side took full advantage to deny Leeds victory and top-of-the-table finish.
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan blamed the latest in a series of defensive blunders by the Yorkshire giants for their failure to secure the three points.
Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds afterwards: “It’s the story of the season. I don’t know how many goals they’ve gifted through lack of concentration but we’ve seen another one today.
“It’s a sad way to end the season. We haven’t lost but you look back at all the points we’ve dropped through bad management this year – it’s another one today.
“Leeds have gifted so many goals this season and along with individual errors, teams haven’t had to work too hard against us.
“It’s a disappointing way to end, especially for Wootton who hadn’t done much wrong until then.
“The first half was flat then the penalty was the opportunity Leeds needed to see the game out and hit them.
“Unfortunately, one bad judgement has cost us.”
QPR’s 1-0 win over Bristol City on Saturday afternoon denied Leeds the top-half finish that they had began the afternoon hoping for.
Steve Evans’ side finished the season with 59 points from their 46 Championship matches.