Sam Baldock opened the scoring for the Seagulls in the 18th-minute when he cut in and blasted home a powerful effort, before Daryl Murphy equalised four minutes later with his 18th league goal of the season.
Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira scored a brace inside seven minutes towards the end of the first-half, however, and, despite substitute Freddie Sears’ late strike, it was enough for the home side to hold on for the win.
Nevertheless, there were a few positives for Ipswich to take from the match, most noticeably the contribution of Sears, whose goal was his first for the club since signing from Colchester United last week for an undisclosed fee.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the former West Ham United striker said: “Obviously I’m really pleased to have scored my first Ipswich goal but I’m disappointed that we’ve lost the game.
“It was a bit bittersweet for me but the main thing is helping the team get three points, which unfortunately we’ve not been able to do tonight.
“We’ve got a bit of a break now and hopefully we can put this one behind us and move on.”
Entering the fray in the second-half, Sears looked sharp in his 40-minute outing and, with Ipswich hoping to keep up their promotion push into the final months of the season, his addition could well prove the crucial towards a potential top-flight return.
Fans certainly seemed to be impressed with his performance on Wednesday, with the following being some of the best reactions from Twitter on the night.
Bugger, never really thought we would win & go top though we never do things the easy way. Pleased Sears got his first #itfc goal— Sam Clark (@sambakey) January 21, 2015
Bad result but Freddie Sears looks like more Mick Magic. #itfc— Nate Saunders (@natesaundESPNF1) January 21, 2015
Another opportunity to go top and once again haven't taken it! Good to see Sears get on the score sheet though #ITFC— Aidan Jervis (@aidanjervis) January 21, 2015
I wouldn't wanna be top this early in the season anyway #itfc Really pleased for Sears— hairbare (@Hairbarex3) January 21, 2015
However 1 positive from the game Sears scored his 1st goal! 2 sub appearances 1 goal & 1 assist won't complain if he keeps that up! #itfc— James Kindred (@James_Kindred) January 21, 2015
Gutted. But on to the next one. Sears' first of many, and still beyond dreaming being in 3rd #itfc— George Ovenall (@georgeovenall) January 21, 2015
Also great to see sears on the score sheet #itfc— David Mcgoldrick (@rossington1997) January 21, 2015
Sears looks an absolute baller, he'll be a great player for us. Expect him to start v Wigan - lethal striker #itfc— ~ Billy ~ (@Billy_walker78) January 21, 2015
Chambers and Mings were poor. No Parr? Bru had worst game in a town shirt for me. Delighted with Freddie Sears getting his first goal #itfc— Kuntis (@ITFCKurty) January 21, 2015
Freddie Sears was our best player tonight when he finally came on. #itfc— Craig Frost (@CJF__x) January 21, 2015
Once again impressed with Sears today.. Worth a start next game definitely #itfc— J.Bαyliss (@b4yliss) January 21, 2015
Sears was a positive from tonight for sure. Would start him over Noel Hunt for Wigan game. #itfc— C A L L I S (@callis1987) January 21, 2015
Home from Brighton. Shame on the result. Impressed with Sears again onto next one #itfc— . (@Chloe_ITFC) January 22, 2015