Late goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun gave the Toffees a 2-0 victory in the English Premier League tie; a result the English gaffer bemoaned.
Short of attacking options, Hodgson opted for Townsend to partner livewire Zaha - who was a huge doubt for the trip to Goodison Park - in attack.
Although both failed to fire the Eagles to end a three-game winless run in the league, their performances was regarded as satisfactory.
“I think it went well and both played well. They caused problems and did their work defensively as well which helped the team, so I think they’ve got to be very satisfied with their day’s work,” Hodgson said after the game.
“We do have other alternatives. Sørloth was sick as was Max Meyer, so there’s a couple of players there who I’m sure will be available for the next game, and Connor Wickham after two years at least got onto the field of play; albeit with three or four minutes left and he was unlikely to be able to perform any miracles.”
Next Sunday, Palace, placed 15th in the log, get back to action hoping to defeat in-form Arsenal when they come visiting Selhurst Park.