Crawley manager Richie Barker was in positive mood despite seeing his side's winless run in League One stretch to six games.
Two second half goals from on-loan Fulham striker Lauri Dalla Valle saw Reds go down 2-0 to Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.
It was the second game in a row that iReds had failed to score but they did create chances with Gary Alexander hitting a post early on and Mark Connolly heading over the bar.
Barker said: "We didn't have clear cut chances but they were opportunities. We were getting good deliveries in the box and with a little bit more desire to get on the end of some of them we could have been ahead fairly comfortably at half-time.
"It was similar to the Yeovil game but the positive thing is we are still creating chances. We just need someone to be a bit more ruthless.
"I thought we were excellent in the first half but luck is just not with us at the moment. We never really got going in the second half."
Reds were without Claude Davis, whose wife gave birth this week, while Kyle McFadzean went off before half-time as he is still suffering from a virus.
Barker added: "We are still papering over the cracks and until we get everyone back we have got to do the best we can."