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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 September, 2004, 21:04 GMT 22:04 UK
Stoke 3-2 Ipswich
Stoke came from behind twice to topple Ipswich from the top of the table and grab top spot for themselves.

Jason de Vos converted Ipswich's dominant play in the 41st minute only to see Wayne Thomas equalise three minutes later with a header.

Ian Westlake put Ipswich back in front with a strike in the 62nd minute but Thomas rose again to level the scores.

Stoke had John Halls sent off for two rash challenges but Ade Akinbiyi tapped in after 85 minutes to steal the win.

  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis:
    "I thought it was a cracking game. Ipswich and Joe Royle came for three points.

    "Ade caused Ipswich problems all night, he never stops or lets people rest and we've got to wait until the 86th minute for him to pop up.

    "But it's him charging around that makes people make mistakes and I'm just very pleased he scored the goal."

  • Ipswich boss Joe Royle:
    "I'd have been disappointed with a point and we've come away with nothing.

    "It's totally our own fault. Defending poorly on the same corner twice and on the same person, although the keeper was fouled in the first one.

    "We didn't keep the ball, were non-existent in midfield and individually poor defensively."


    Stoke: de Goey (Simonsen 58), Halls, Thomas, Taggart, Hall, Henry, Brammer (Guppy 67), Russell, Clarke, Noel-Williams (Asaba 86), Akinbiyi.
    Subs Not Used: Hill, Greenacre.

    Sent Off: Halls (82).

    Booked: Clarke, Akinbiyi, Halls.

    Goals: Thomas 45, 75, Akinbiyi 85.

    Ipswich: Davis, Diallo, De Vos, Naylor, Wilnis (Bowditch 86), Miller, Horlock, Magilton, Westlake, Bent, Kuqi (Counago 60).
    Subs Not Used: Richards, Dinning, Price.

    Booked: Naylor, Horlock.

    Goals: De Vos 41, Westlake 62.

    Att: 23,029.

    Ref: M Dean (Wirral).





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