Emmerson Boyce has admitted he is willing to continue to play at left-back if Iain Dowie decides to persevere with playing both himself and Danny Butterfield.

Boyce has kept Butterfield out of the Palace starting line-up ever since he joined the Eagles from Luton Town in the summer of 2004.

But Dowie has been impressed with Butterfield's form while filling in for Boyce during a recent spell on the sidelines with a dead calf and has kept his place at right back, forcing Boyce to move to the left.

Boyce said: "The gaffer wants me to play there, so I'll play wherever he wants me to play. He felt confident I could play left-back, so he put me there. I'm just happy to play.

"It's all right. I'll just try and do a job."

Apart from the recent games against Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers, the only other time Boyce has played at left-back was against Manchester City last season, where he was up against Shaun Wright-Phillips.

"I got him his move didn't I?" joked Boyce, who admits it's a game he'd rather forget. "Chelsea paid millions for him, so he did it to a lot of defenders."