Football - Appleton asks for discipline from Blackburn

Michael Appleton has encouraged his Blackburn squad to keep their cool amid a hostile atmosphere at Millwall this weekend - something he once failed to do as a player.

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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."

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