NEWTOWN produced a spirited performance in Denmark against FC Copenhagen to keep their Europa League hopes alive.
Despite going behind within the first three minutes, the Robins conceded just once more on a famous night for the club,
Benjamin Verbic glanced home a Peter Ankersen cross early-on to give the hosts the lead.
Minutes later, keeper Dave Jones cleared a ball which rebounded off Verbic but luckily went wide.
Nicolai Jorgensen saw his header fly wide from a Ludwig Augustinsson cross and, just after the quarter hour, the woodwork came to Newtown's rescue as Marvin Pourie half volleyed a shot against the bar.
But the Robins had a chance to grab an away goal when Craig Williams failed to find the target from a free kick.
Copenhagen's Thomas Delaney connected with an Augustinsson corner but guided his header narrowly over the bar.
Jorgensen had a couple of chances at the end of the half to double the hosts' lead but drew a great save from Jones with a curling effort before the keeper palmed away a Delaney drive.
Jones produced two more superb saves early in the second period to deny Delaney and Kusk before Per Nilsson missed a gilt-edged chance with his head.
But Newtown were presented with a golden chance to level the scores on the hour mark when Neil Mitchell was unable to keep his effort down from Luke Boundford's long throw.
Sub Sean Evans tested Stephan Andersan with a long range effort but Copenhagen then extended their lead when Kusk raced downfield and lashed his shot past Jones.
Newtown had Kieran Mills-Evans stretchered-off after a clash with Boundford but, although the hosts pressed hard in the closing minutes, Newtown held firm.