George Ray scored a late equaliser to deny Paul Scholes back to back wins as Oldham Athletic manager.
Callum Lang had put Latics in the lead during the first half, but they couldn’t hold on for the three points as Ray scored in stoppage time.
In truth it was a poor opening ten minutes from both sides as neither team could get a foothold of the game.
It would be Latics who had the first opportunity as Lang laid the ball off to Zak Dearnley to volley from distance, but Ben Garratt managed to hold on to the effort.
Former Oldham Paul Green then had an effort which sailed over the bar before Latics took the lead.
Daniel Iversen quickly hit a long ball forward into the path of Lang who in turn calmly chipped it over Garratt with a difficult finish that he made look easy.
Green then tested Iversen after being played in by Chris Porter, but the Danish goalkeeper managed to parry the effort wide.
Green had another big chance to score after Jordan Bowery headed back across goal, but this time the midfielder managed to somehow poke it wide.
Latics had a big chance to double their lead as Dearnley crossed for Johan Branger-Engone, but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet before having a shot eventually blocked.
Scholes’ men started the second half brightly with Dearnley heading into the hands of Garratt.
Clarke had a header straight at Garratt from a corner as Latics were seemingly seeing out the game in a comfortable manner.
Crewe had the ball in the net through Green, but Porter was offside in the build before they eventually equalised.
A ball in from Ryan Wintle found Ray who managed to bundle the ball home to leave Latics frustrated at full time.
Next up for Latics is a home game with Morecambe on Tuesday night.
Attendance 5288 (509 Away)
Iversen, Hunt, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Nepomuceno, Dearnley (Benteke 75’), Missilou, Maouche, Branger-Engone, Baxter (Sylla 62’), Lang (O’Grady 57’)
Garratt, Ng, Pickering (Taylor-Sinclair 67’), Ray ©, Porter, Bowery (Miller 75’), Ainley, Nolan, Wintle (Lowery 53’), Green, Kirk