It is a case of do as I say and not as I do for the Rovers boss as he was sent off when facing Millwall at the Den in 1998 whilst a Preston North End player.
Appleton wants Rovers to be positive from the off which in turn will dampen what he expects to be a white hot atmosphere for the quarter-final clash.
"I hope the players make sure they stay a little bit more professional than I did in my first appearance at the Den as a player because it was the first place that I got sent off as a player for Preston North End," admitted the manager.
"I was a young player at the time, it was one of them where as a player you've got to control your emotions.
"I think it is still an intimidating place to go. If you speak to managers, coaches, players up and down the country their support is very good and they get behind their team and they are very very vocal.
"We just have to make sure that we keep them as quiet as we possibly can. In doing that we are obviously aware that we've got to start the game really well.
"We'll have to go and play in their half and make sure we are on the front foot from the start."
Tickets for Sunday's cup tie will be on sale at The Den from the North Stand ticket office from 12 noon.
Prices are £20 for Adults, £11 Seniors aged 60 and over, £10 for Juniors under 16.