Palace suffered their first defeat of the campaign as a good Crewe side edged out the Eagles in a tight affair in Beckenham.
The home side started on the front foot and had the better of the early opportunities with Victor Fundi missing a good one-on-one chance, but on the half-hour mark the Railwaymen got in front. Lewis Bryon drove forward but Crewe counter-attacked down the left, leaving a two-on-two situation. A cross into the area looked to be cleared by Jalen Jones, however it ricocheted off Kyle Lynch and allowed a Crewe attacker to finish from six yards out past Colm McAdden.
A flurry of chances came the Eagles’ way in the next few minutes, but Fundi hit the outside of the post after being forced wide as he hurtled towards goal, before Joseph Hungbo seemed to have equalised with a fine free-kick which was heading towards the top corner before the away goalkeeper made a tremendous save.
But six minutes after going behind, Palace found a leveller from the resulting corner. Hungbo’s delivery was half-cleared to Kian Flanagan, and his cross to the back post was met by the head of Jones who netted his first of the season as Ken Gillard’s boys went in level at the break.
They were fractions away from going ahead after the restart when Fundi once again broke clear of the defence and fired towards goal, but the goalkeeper managed to get the faintest of fingertips to his effort and turn it onto the post.
Despite being under the cosh, on 64 minutes it was the visitors who managed to grab the game’s third goal. Bryon got caught in possession in his own half and allowed Crewe to get the ball back in a dangerous position, and a well-worked move saw them fire past the helpless McAdden once again.
Palace pushed to get back into the game in the latter stages but both James Daly and Giovanni McGregor both forced the opposition shot-stopper into good saves, however their undefeated start to the season would come to an end.