Hodgson admitted before the match that Thursday's historic Europa League semi in Hamburg would be in the back of his mind for the Wolves clash, but denied that his players' thoughts were elsewhere yesterday.
He said: "It wasn't a case of Thursday being a distraction today, it was a case of having to deal with a team who are difficult to deal with because they are well-rehearsed with their style of play.
"They kick the ball up from their goalkeeper and try to hold you in the box and the first thing you have to do is deal with that and don't slip up and concede goals.
"In the second half we did well to get the ball down and get behind them and we did better.
"But credit to Mick McCarthy and his team because they were prepared to sweat blood and got their reward."