Ipswich Town 2 Stoke City 3
Ipswich Town's poor start to the season continued with their first home league defeat despite a lively second-half fightback against Stoke.
The visitors dominated the first-half but there was plenty of excitement after the interval with Ipswich missing good chances in the closing stages.
Stoke went ahead through Peter Thorne in the 13th minute.
A cross from the right by Ally Pickering was headed home by the unmarked striker with England Under 21 goal-keeper Richard Wright in two minds.
The confidence drained from Ipswich who were fortunate not to concede a penalty three minutes later when Kevin Keen was bungled over in the goal-mouth by Mauricio Taricco.
Stoke went two up on the half hour. Andrew Griffin won a corner and Keen's flag kick led to the goal.
Wright, impeded by his own defender Chris Swailes, failed to reach the cross which ran loose.
Larus Sigurdsson knocked the ball wide to Thorne who hammered his second goal into the roof of the net.
Ipswich reshuffled after the interval with Jason Cundy being introduced at the back in a 4-4-2 formation with Matt Holland switching to take over from Danny Sonner in the midfield.
For a brief spell the new format worked and, in the 48th minute, Mick Stockwell broke down the right and James Scowcroft rose to head a splendid goal.
Stoke recovered their composure to go 3-1 ahead in the 55th minute.
The talented Griffin lobbed the ball forward, and Steven Tweed sent Paul Stewart through on his own to score with a left foot shot.
Ipswich revived their hopes in the 67th minute when Matt Holland scored his first goal for the club since his £800,000 transfer from Bournemouth when he latched onto a through ball from Mark Stein.
Two minutes later Carl Muggleton made an acrobatic save to turn away a ricochet after a shot from Scowcroft had struck Kieron Dyer and spun towards the top corner.
Ipswich had several chances to draw level in the closing stages. Stein sliced well wide against his former club 12 minutes from the end and, in the 81st minute, Muggleton made a flying save to hold Scowcroft's powerful header from a a cross by Taricco.
Mark Venus sent a free kick over the bar and had another powerful drive blocked in injury time.
After 93 minutes play Swailes was sent off for a second bookable offence after pulling down Stewart near the half way line.