The Three Lions left Warsaw grateful for a point after a 1-1 draw.
Hodgson accepted neither side benefited from the postponement caused by the previous day's deluge.
But he certainly felt it affected his players.
"On Monday, after the training session on the pitch, the players were looking very sharp and lively," he said. "I didn't get that impression today.
"I don't want to give the impression we were hard done by and our opponents weren't.
"But if a game is postponed it is a little bit easier if you are on home soil.
"We had that extra day and night in the hotel."
Hodgson labelled the pitch as 'dead', which may have contributed to some uncharacteristically sloppy passing, with
"There was no question the pitch was playable but it wasn't suited to quick passing," he said.
"Both teams made quite a few passing mistakes. At half-time we were quite surprised how many passes we had sent astray."
The positive, which cannot be dismissed, is that England did not lose and, that
Its advantage in Group H is almost certain to have have disappeared by the time it next plays again in March as second-placed Montenegro, which is just a point behind, faces minnow
However, England's durability is something Hodgson is convinced will stand it in good stead.
"When you are in a qualifying group, or you are with a league club, there are days when things don't always go your way," he said.
"On those days it is very important you still come away with a result.
"We would have loved to have won it but we didn't produce good enough football to do that.
"But we did do enough to avoid defeat and go away with a point."
So many of England's players failed to perform.
Rooney was the most obvious example, despite his 32nd England goal, and after his failure to snaffle a chance provided by Manchester United team-mate
"A bit of both," was Hodgson's response when asked whether the reasoning behind his decision was physical or tactical.
"There was an element of physicality because it looked as though he was tiring.
"He couldn't reproduce his excellent performance against
"Then, when we thought he was tiring we felt it was the right moment to bring on
Hodgson believed that move worked, although
"We showed a lot of character to come back after going behind," said
"I don't agree that it was simple for my players to recover from last night and get ready to go again.
"And I don't think you can say England were weak because that would take away from our success."
FIFA World Cup
Skipper Robbie Keane will be able to face England next week after Los Angeles Galaxy granted him permission to join up with the Republic of Ireland squad.