Hodgson hailed the performance of his peripheral players after they comfortably defeated Bournemouth 4-1 in the Carling Cup second round.
"I made 11 changes from Saturday and we also had Peter Odemwingie back at home and Zoltan Gera," he said.
"We had 13 good ones back home but we had a really good performance from those that are not in those first [bunch of players] against a team that looked very good value.
"It would be nice to [emulate the side that reached the quarter-finals last season] but I think it is still very important in this competition that you give players a chance.
"Tonight we saw one or two players take the chance to really impress upon me that maybe I should be considering them for the first team.
"And partly that is what these games are about for us because otherwise you do not get that opportunity.
"You know they are good players are reserve-team level but I need to know they are good players at league level.
"Bournemouth certainly tested them out and they came up with answers to the questions."