Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti was unhappy with full-back Djibril Sidibe after his substitution onto the pitch was delayed because he left his sock in the dressing room.
Sidibe was going to come in for injured Theo Walcott in the first half but realised he had forgotten his left sock which led to an animated reaction from Ancelotti.
The defender rushed down the tunnel and reappeared minutes later to help Everton win Crystal Palace 3-1 at Goodison Park.
The win helped Ancelotti, who replaced Marco Silva in December, find the funny side of the substitution when he was asked about it during a post-match news conference.
“He forgot the socks,” he said. “A new experience for me. Also for him, I think.”
Bernard, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the three goals to help Everton leapfrog Manchester United into seventh position and they sit five points off the Champions League places.
Christian Benteke scored for the only goal for Palace, although it was through a mistake from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
But Ancelotti defended the England international after the match.
“The keeper can make mistakes,” he added. “It can happen. After that, he did a fantastic save.”
Everton will visit Arsenal in their next league game on February 23.