Crawley assistant manager Paul Raynor admitted his promotion-chasing side were not at their best as Morecambe defended stoutly to earn a point in a 1-1 draw at the Broadfield Stadium.
Crawley went behind to a 21st-minute strike from Andrew Fleming before substitute Scott Neilson levelled three minutes after the break. Steve Evans' team piled on the pressure in the second half but could not conjure up a winner as keeper Barry Roche produced some important saves.
Raynor said: "We'll have to take this one on the chin. We were slightly disappointing in the first half when we didn't move the ball quickly enough and into wide areas."
He added: "But once we corrected those areas and brought on the substitutes, we improved and created numerous opportunities.
"Unfortunately we could not find a way through. We pressed very hard and our keeper, Rene Gilmartin, had virtually nothing to do in the second half.
"There was a chance for us to get into the top four so we wanted these three points. But that's the way it goes."
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley described his side's hard-earned point as "magnificent" and felt his team deserved tremendous credit for the way they battled and soaked-up pressure in the second half.
He said: "After going ahead through Andrew Fleming, we had an opportunity to increase our lead when Danny Carlton went through in a one-on-one situation with the keeper.
"After that it was all hands to the pumps. We don't know when we're beaten in away games and overall I'm very pleased with this point against a side who are very well fancied to push for promotion."