Rovers take on their npower Championship counterparts at The Den in an FA Cup quarter-final clash on Sunday having prospered on the road during this season's competition.
Derby were dispatched 3-0 in round four - Appleton's first victory after being installed as Henning Berg's successor at Ewood Park in January - before Colin Kazim-Richards' second-half strike sealed a 1-0 giant-killing triumph at Arsenal and landed a comparatively simpler capital assignment in the last eight.
But the 37-year-old former Portsmouth and Blackpool boss knows first-hand how easy it can be to lose your temper at The Den.
"I hope the players make sure they stay a little bit more professional than I did in my first appearance at The Den because that was the first place I got sent off as a player for Preston North End," he explained.
"Someone made a really bad challenge on me before I reacted. I was a young player at the time and it was an intimating atmosphere.
"It's one of them where, as a player, you've got to control your emotions with regards to what's going on around you."