The Cottagers were coming off a huge midweek win against Juventus in the Europa League so they could be excused for being a little flat but Hodgson was content that they were at least in with a chance to take something from the match but it didn't fall their way in the end.
"I thought the team did remarkably well to come back and had much the better of the second half and came close to an equaliser," said the Fulham boss.
"There was a great chance for (Stefano) Okaka that he unfortunately missed, and a penalty appeal that might have led to a second penalty.
"City were much happier to hear the final whistle than we were. We'd have played another 15 minutes, even with a big game on Wednesday (FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham)"