Norwich manager Daniel Farke said he "expected there would be difficult times" in the Premier League as his injury-hit side were beaten by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
"When you see the five minutes go up on the board it was a bit of a deja vu situation. Norwich are a good team with good, quality players and they came back into in the first half which made our one goal lead look fragile," said Hodgson.
"The second goal was coming but we couldn't produce the last pass or last shot and it was nice when it eventually came."
On captain Milivojevic, he added: "He's enormously valuable, that's why he's captain of the team. He's been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly on the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game."