Despite Palace picking up two wins on the bounce with success over Aston Villa, their manager is not entirely pleased.
Hodgson knows that it would only take a couple of injuries to derail his side's positive momentum since the start of the season.
"The most significant thing is that we are improving as a team, we have firepower in the wings, not so much up front, unfortunately," Hodgson said to reporters.
"What we have in terms of front players is what you see. But Mamadou Sakho playing 15-20 minutes today, Tomkins back in training, Gary Cahill settling in so well. These are real quality players, these are Premier League players and it's good to have them around.
"I am still grateful to Ward coming in today having not training all week, being doubtful with his groin strain over whether he could play, and of course we have Van Aanholt playing every game.
"He will have to because we don't have too much competition for his place. He can sit there thinking, 'they're not going to leave me out the team.' That may not be the case but that's what he thinks."