The former Liverpool and England boss was watching on as his side secured a 1-1 draw against West Ham at the London Stadium on Tuesday night.
However plenty of work is still going on behind the scenes at Selhurst Park, with Palace eager to bolster their squad before the 23:00 deadline.
Preston striker Jordan Hugill has been on their radar but the Championship side are determined to keep hold of their highly-rated forward.
Hodgson has admitted work is ongoing but admitted it is tough to sign top quality players in the January window.
He said: “The chairman and sporting director Dougie Freedman are working – they certainly haven’t left the phone and haven’t stopped trying to improve our squad as they realise it’s something we have to do.
“There are always players out there – but are they players who are going to improve you and help you win games? Those players are much harder to find.”
Uwe Rosler was sacked by Fleetwood following a 3-0 reverse at Doncaster which condemned Town to a seventh straight defeat in all competitions.
Cambridge interim head coach Joe Dunne was pleased with how his side adapted to beat Grimsby 3-1.
Southend manager Chris Powell led the applause for Jason Demetriou after the right-back scored twice in the 3-1 win against Portsmouth at Roots Hall.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was the happier manager after Gregg Wylde's 90th-minute strike earned his side a point in their 1-1 draw with Forest Green.
Manager Gareth Ainsworth described Wycombe's 2-0 win at Cheltenham as a thoroughly professional performance.
Skipper Richard Wood scored the winner just before half time as in-form Rotherham pulled off a 1-0 victory at League One leaders Shrewsbury.