Crewe were victims of a Brett Pitman hat-trick as Bournemouth won 3-1 at the Goldsands Stadium, but they did themselves no favours by conceding two penalties to leave manager Steve Davis fuming.
Pitman's first hat-trick since August 2010 enabled Bournemouth to complete a comfortable victory for the home side, although Davis felt the referee had played a crucial part.
Teenager Ryan Colclough came on in the 63rd minute for Crewe and scored his first senior goal 13 minutes later to make the score 2-1, but Pitman's second penalty prevented any late revival.
Crewe enjoyed plenty of possession and at times in the first half were every bit as menacing as Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, but they created few chances or posed any sustained threat.
Bournemouth went ahead in the eighth minute with the first of his two successful penalties and without being at their commanding best despite Davis' anger at the performance of Berkshire official Iain Williamson.
"We definitely feel hard done-by," said Davis. "The referee was their best player throughout. He changed the game in the first few minutes by giving a penalty and did it again in the second half.
"Bournemouth had the better of the second half, but that was only because of the goals they scored. We were the better team in the first half and kept going. It is difficult when those decisions go against you for a young side to keep going, but I thought we did well in those circumstances."
Bournemouth boss Howe felt his side were not at their best.
He said: "We have played a lot of matches lately and with a heavy pitch, we looked leggy and tired. This was a big win for us because we had to grind it out. We were missing one or two players and others were carrying injuries. At times in the first half we looked dead on our feet.
"But such is the spirit and determination in the squad that we found our rhythm in the second half and were excellent. Brett Pitman's scoring record is good as anyone's. He worked hard and showed the right attitude after being left out of the side earlier this week."