Manager Dario Gradi bemoaned a "poor quality game" in the wake of Crewe's 1-1 draw with Lincoln.
Paul Green fired the Imps ahead in the 47th minute, but, after Daniel Hone brought down Ashley Westwood, Clayton Donaldson kept his cool to secure Alex a share of the spoils.
He said: "It was a poor quality game, partly down to the players but also down to the pitch.
"We worked hard but didn't really show any ability, but neither did they and some of their shooting was hopelessly off the mark.
"But they were difficult to beat and it proves that every team in this league is difficult to beat. I thought our penalty was definitely a foul but it looked as though they should have had one too so I consider us fortunate to have got away with that.
"A draw wasn't going to be good enough for us, that's why we were going for the win at the end. But, to be honest, I don't think we are quite good enough or consistently good enough."