The goals have flowed in the Worthington Cup this season for the in-form striker but when we needed them most, they dried up.
Les was denied on three occasions by goalkeeper Brad Friedel including two stunning saves from close-range headers. The second of those came in injury time and left Les in despair on his knees in the six-yard box.
The 35-year-old later described the chances. "The first one I was stretching a little but still got a good head on it and even though he saved it, I thought he might palm it into the net," he said.
"The second one, headed it down and thought it was in but it hit his legs and came out. It wasn't to be.
"It's one of those things as a striker. I'll keep getting myself in that positions and, okay, I'm disappointed, all my family were at the final but it wasn't my day.
"It wasn't meant to be for me. It's one of those things but you have to go on.
"It's how it goes. People have mentioned Bolton and the hat-trick and I could have had another hat-trick, it just wasn't to be.
"I can't keep thinking about it, going over it - tomorrow's another day."
Les Ferdinand sighed in the tunnel area of the Millennium Stadium and declared: "It wasn't meant to be."