Dave Artell says the best team lost at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.
The Railwaymen bossed large parts of clash with their promotion-chasing hosts at the Wham Stadium, but missed a succession of glorious chances.
And Kayden Jackson did find the killer touch near the end of the first half to make it six games without a win for struggling Crewe.
Manager Artell said: "All of our forward players had good chances – some glorious chances – but they have to go in the back of the net.
"I don’t think anyone could’ve begrudged us three points."
ACCRINGTON Stanley notched a fifth successive home win in League Two with a 1-0 victory in an uninspiring match against Crewe Alexandra.
Kayden Jackson’s goal proved the difference between the teams as Stanley at times laboured against an Alex side who deserved at least a point.
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Accrington Stanley recorded their fourth straight win as Kayden Jackson’s first half goal was enough to beat Crewe 1-0 at the Wham Stadium.
It was a tight affair on a cold East Lancashire night as Jackson scored his 12th goal of the season in the 42nd minute, to put the Reds ahead following a dominant first half performance.
It was backs against the wall for spells of the second period but John Coleman’s men dug deep and held on to claim a huge three points and remain second in Sky Bet League Two.